Experiencing Nature: Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Allen G. Debus
ISBN/ASIN: 9789401064545,9789401158107 | 1997 | English | pdf | 312/317 pages | 12.2 Mb
Publisher: Springer Netherlands | Author: I. Bernard Cohen (auth.), Paul H. Theerman, Karen Hunger Parshall (eds.) | Edition: 1
This volume, honoring the renowned historian of science, Allen G Debus, explores ideas of science – `experiences of nature' – from within a historiographical tradition that Debus has done much to define. As his work shows, the sciences do not develop exclusively as a result of a progressive and inexorable logic of discovery. A wide variety of extra-scientific factors, deriving from changing intellectual contexts and differing social millieus, play crucial roles in the overall development of scientific thought. These essays represent case studies in a broad range of scientific settings – from sixteenth-century astronomy and medicine, through nineteenth-century biology and mathematics, to the social sciences in the twentieth-century – that show the impact of both social settings and the cross-fertilization of ideas on the formation of science. Aimed at a general audience interested in the history of science, this book closes with Debus's personal perspective on the development of the field.
Audience: This book will appeal especially to historians of science, of chemistry, and of medicine.