Second Edition Book By Umass Dartmouth Scholar Explains Rise Of Early Modern Science

DARTMOUTH, Mass. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce the recent publication of a new book written by one of its internationally distinguished scholars, Dr. Toby E. Huff, that attempts to explain why modern science arose only in the West and not in the civilizations of Islam or China. This question takes on greater significance when it is realized that medieval Arabic science was more advanced than science in the West or China.

SECOND EDITION BOOK BY UMASS DARTMOUTH SCHOLAR 
EXPLAINS RISE OF EARLY MODERN SCIENCE 


DARTMOUTH, Mass. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce the recent publication of a new book written by one of its internationally distinguished scholars, Dr. Toby E. Huff, that attempts to explain why modern science arose only in the West and not in the civilizations of Islam or China. This question takes on greater significance when it is realized that medieval Arabic science was more advanced than science in the West or China. 

Published by the Cambridge University Press, this second revised edition printing entitled The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West finds an explanation in the differences in religious, philosophical and legal institutions within the three civilizations. 

According to Dr. Huff, "The rise of modern science has brought with it one of the most fateful forces in the history of mankind. This is a study of the origins of modern science. It attempts explain why neither Arabic science nor Chinese science made the breakthrough to modern science by focusing on the underlying legal and cultural institutions of the three contrasting civilizations" 

In the new edition, the author advances and strengthens his analysis of the institutions of learning in the Muslim world. Dr. Huff incorporates recent material from the debate about the fate of Arabic astronomy, and adds a whole new comparative section on medical studies and innovation in Europe and the Middle East from the twelfth to the late sixteenth century. 

The second edition also includes a new epilogue in which the author presents an overview of developments in education and attitudes toward modern science in the Muslim world from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries. It lays out an agenda for research on shifts in attitudes towards science in the Muslim world in the twentieth century. 

The new edition of The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West contributes to the ongoing debate about what went wrong in the Arab-Muslim world leading to the present state of world affairs. The author includes a short overview of efforts made in China to institutionalize modern science and its practice in the twentieth century while being constrained by state-sponsored censorship. 

A tenured member of the faculty at University of Massachusetts for more than thirty years, Dr. Huff serves as a Chancellor's Professor in the UMass Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis. He has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and East Asia and has lectured on five continents. 

Dr. Huff has held visiting Professorships at the National University of Singapore, the University of Malaya, and the Max Weber College for Social and Cultural Studies in Erfurt, Germany. During the latter part of 2001, Professor Huff conducted field research on Malaysia's multimedia super corridor in Kuala Lumpur. He is recognized internationally as one of the foremost scholars on topics ranging from the history of science, globalization and Islamic culture. Dr. Huff is the author of five books and numerous scholarly articles. 


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