Revolutions in Science: Their Meaning and Relevance
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Shea, William R., ed., 1989
From the preface
Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night;
Good said, 'let Newton be!' and all was light.
Donne has long been recognized as right in identifying Copernicus as the fountainhead of a radical charge in astronomy, but his claim that Paracelsus was the source of an equally important revolution has received less attention. Several authors in this volume set out to correct this oversight and show that chemistry, albeit in its proto-form of alchemy, is an essential feature of what has come to be known as the scientific revolution . . ."