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Author Beckwith, Christopher I., 1945-

Title Warriors of the cloisters : the Central Asian origins of science in the medieval world / Christopher I. Beckwith
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 211 pages)
Contents The recursive argument method of medieval science -- From college and universitas to university -- Buddhist Central Asian invention of the method -- Islamization in classical Arabic Central Asia -- Transmission to medieval Western Europe -- India, Tibet, China, Byzantium, and other control cases
Summary Warriors of the Cloisters tells how key cultural innovations from Central Asia revolutionized medieval Europe and gave rise to the culture of science in the West. Medieval scholars rarely performed scientific experiments, but instead contested issues in natural science, philosophy, and theology using the recursive argument method. This highly distinctive and unusual method of disputation was a core feature of medieval science, the predecessor of modern science. We know that the foundations of science were imported to Western Europe from the Islamic world, but until now the origins of
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Academic disputations.
Science -- Asia, Central -- History -- To 1500.
Science, Medieval.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691155313 (hardback : alk. paper)
1400845173 (electronic bk.)
9780691155319 (hardback : alk. paper)
9781400845170 (electronic bk.)