Portugal at the Dawn of Scientific Modernity (16th Century)

Authors

  • Onésimo T. Almeida Brown University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/abriu2019.8.7

Keywords:

Portuguese discoveries in the 15th-16th centuries, history of science in Portugal, scientific revolution

Abstract

In following a sequence of articles published in the last thirty years which discuss, on the one hand, a series of Portuguese exaggerations, and on the other, attempt to shed contemporary historiographic light on some important omissions regarding the era in which Portugal its discoveries, the present article discusses what are currently understood as the Portuguese contributions to scientific modernity. Though this recognition is generally accepted by Portuguese historians, this article locates these accomplishments within the global framework of the development of a scientific mentality and methodology, and within the general history of science.