Astrology and Science in Seventeenth-Century England

  title={Astrology and Science in Seventeenth-Century England},
  author={Peter Wright},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={399 - 422}
  • P. Wright
  • Published 1 November 1975
  • Art
  • Social Studies of Science
In recent years the task of distinguishing science from other cognitive systems has become much more complex. The traditional view that science is the polar opposite of such systems of thought as witchcraft, magic or astrology has been eroded almost to the point of extinction.' On the one hand, historians and sociologists of science have been building up a view of scientific activity strikingly different from the hitherto accepted one; on the other, social anthropologists, in analysing so… 
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