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Brian Cowan - Author

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The State Trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell

The State Trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell

Author: Brian Cowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2012

This work offers a critical edition of original texts and documents necessary for understanding the trial s significance. By consolidating all accounts of the trial, scholars are able to consult and compare these accounts in a readily accessible volume. * Presents critical editions of several manuscripts relating to this celebrated state trial * Demonstrates that the often cited and printed account of the trial by Jacob Tonson was incomplete and often regarded by contemporaries as a partisan production * Extensively illustrated with rare prints and drawings - most existing in only one copy and never before reproduced * Documents the intense interest of contemporary readers in the meaning of the trial and presents transcripts and illustrations of their annotations * Allow scholars to consult and compare the varying accounts of the trial in a readily accessible volume

The Social Life of Coffee The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse

The Social Life of Coffee The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse

Author: Brian Cowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2011

What induced the British to adopt foreign coffee-drinking customs in the seventeenth century? Why did an entirely new social institution, the coffeehouse, emerge as the primary place for consumption of this new drink? In this lively book, Brian Cowan locates the answers to these questions in the particularly British combination of curiosity, commerce, and civil society. Cowan provides the definitive account of the origins of coffee drinking and coffeehouse society, and in so doing he reshapes our understanding of the commercial and consumer revolutions in Britain during the long Stuart century. Britain's virtuosi, gentlemanly patrons of the arts and sciences, were profoundly interested in things strange and exotic. Cowan explores how such virtuosi spurred initial consumer interest in coffee and invented the social template for the first coffeehouses. As the coffeehouse evolved, rising to take a central role in British commercial and civil society, the virtuosi were also transformed by their own invention.

The Social Life of Coffee The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse

The Social Life of Coffee The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse

Author: Brian Cowan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2005

What induced the British to adopt foreign coffee-drinking customs in the seventeenth century? Why did an entirely new social institution, the coffeehouse, emerge as the primary place for consumption of this new drink? In this lively book, Brian Cowan locates the answers to these questions in the particularly British combination of curiosity, commerce, and civil society. Cowan provides the definitive account of the origins of coffee drinking and coffeehouse society, and in so doing he reshapes our understanding of the commercial and consumer revolutions in Britain during the long Stuart century. Britain's virtuosi, gentlemanly patrons of the arts and sciences, were profoundly interested in things strange and exotic. Cowan explores how such virtuosi spurred initial consumer interest in coffee and invented the social template for the first coffeehouses. As the coffeehouse evolved, rising to take a central role in British commercial and civil society, the virtuosi were also transformed by their own invention.

Classical Mechanics

Classical Mechanics

Author: Brian Cowan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/1984

The study of mechanics plays a central role in physics for a whole variety of reasons. It was one of the earliest of the quantitative sciences, and had immediate practical applications. These ranged from the study of the motion of projectiles in warfare to the motion of the planets, predicting the seasons, eclipses, etc. At the present time, even though superseded on the very small scale by quantum theory and on the very large scale by the theory of relativity, the mechanics of Newton is perfectly adequate for treating a wide spectrum of problems from the * ' etic theory of gases to the motion of space vehicles. Furthermore, the science of mechanics is regarded by many as the epitome of a good scientific theory and for this reason is studied by philosophers and social scientists alike as an exemplar of the 'scientific method'. We shall commence in Chapter 1 with a brief historical outline of the development of mechanics, mentioning the names and dates of the main participants and summarizing their contributions. Preface vii Chapter 1 Newton's laws 1. 1 Historical introduction Primitive ideas about mechanics were exemplified by the state- ments of Aristotle (384-322 Be), who asserted that a force was necessary to maintain motion. Furthermore, he believed that there were different laws for heavenly and earthly bodies.