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Science, Bourgeois Dignity, and the Industrial Revolution

McCloskey, Deirdre Nansen (2009): Science, Bourgeois Dignity, and the Industrial Revolution.

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What happened to make for the factor of 16 were new ideas, what Mokyr calls “industrial Enlightenment.” But the Scientific Revolution did not suffice. Non-Europeans like the Chinese outstripped the West in science until quite late. Britain did not lead in science---yet clearly did in technology. Indeed, applied technology depended on science only a little even in 1900.

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