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Floris Cohen

H. Floris Cohen is a historian of science. Educated in a history department, he turned to the history of science for two reasons. He kept wavering over what to prefer, science or the humanities, so he opted for both. He also became convinced that, if we wish to understand the making of the modern world we live in, we must seek above all to grasp how modern science came into being. Just about all his scholarly researches from the late 1970s onward have been directed toward that end. In his book How Modern Science Came Into the World. Four Civilizations, One 17th Century Breakthrough, he claims to have solved the problem.