Week 3 Paper Topic (Group B)

Submitted by francisk on Mon, 01/14/2008 - 4:31pm.
Many scholars attribute the origins of the Scientific Revolution to technological innovations. In The Measure of Reality, Alfred Crosby suggests a different explanation for the Scientific Revolution that he compares to the "striking of a match." What does Crosby mean by the striking of a match? What role does it play in his account of the origins of the Scientific Revolution? How well does his account explain why the Scientific Revolution happened in western Europe (and not elsewhere)?