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The Cambridge History of Science

Volume 4. Eighteenth-Century Science

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  • Editor: Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, University College London
Roy Porter, Peter Hans Reill, Lawrence Brockliss, James McClellan III, Robert Fox, Mary Fissell, Roger Cooter, Steven Shapin, Londa Schiebinger, William Clark, Richard Yeo, Rob Iliffe, John Gascoigne, Craig Fraser, Curtis Wilson, Rod Home, Jan Golinski, Shirley A. Roe, Rhoda Rappaport, Richard Olson, Thomas H. Broman, Patricia Fara, G. L'E. Turner, Adrian Johns, Brian Ford, Charlotte Klonk, Emilie Savage-Smith, Deepak Kumar, Frank Dikötter, Shigeru Nakayama, Jorge Cañizares Esguerra, John Hedley Brooke, George S. Rousseau, Paul Wood, Larry Stewart, Ian Inkster
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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107559738

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  • This volume offers to general and specialist readers alike the fullest and most complete survey of the development of science in the eighteenth century, exploring the implications of the 'scientific revolution' of the previous century and the major new growth-points, particularly in the experimental sciences. It is designed to be read as both a narrative and an interpretation, and also used as a work of reference. While prime attention is paid to western science, space is also given to science in traditional cultures and colonial science. The coverage strikes a balance between analysis of the cognitive dimension of science itself and interpretation of its wider social, economic and cultural significance. The contributors, world leaders in their respective specialities, engage with current historiographical and methodological controversies and strike out on positions of their own.

    • The first comprehensive survey of the history of eighteenth-century science produced during the last thirty years
    • By far the fullest and most complete work of its kind
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    '… [A] rich collection of material …' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… historians of medicine will undoubtedly find this a useful reference book for help in contextualizing their teaching and research. It achieves Porter's intention of providing a stable platform upon which scholarship on the nineteenth century can be built.' William H. Brock, Medical History

    '… contains excellent chapters and it will be very useful as a guide within the world of history of science …' Ambix

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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107559738
    • length: 944 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 56 mm
    • weight: 1.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    General editors' preface
    1. Introduction Roy Porter
    Part I. Science in Society:
    2. The legacy of the 'scientific revolution': Science and the enlightenment Peter Hans Reill
    3. Science, the universities, and other public spaces: teaching science Lawrence Brockliss
    4. Scientific institutions and the organization of science James McClellan III
    5. Science and government Robert Fox
    6. Exploring natural knowledge: science and the popular Mary Fissell and Roger Cooter
    7. The image of the man of science Steven Shapin
    8. The philosopher's beard: women and gender in science Londa Schiebinger
    9. The prosopography of science William Clark
    Part II. Disciplines:
    10. Classifying the sciences Richard Yeo
    11. The philosophy of science Rob Iliffe
    12. Ideas of nature: natural philosophy John Gascoigne
    13. Mathematics Craig Fraser
    14. Astronomy and cosmology Curtis Wilson
    15. Mechanics and experimental physics Rod Home
    16. Chemistry Jan Golinski
    17. The life sciences Shirley A. Roe
    18. The earth sciences Rhoda Rappaport
    19. The human sciences Richard Olson
    20. The medical sciences Thomas H. Broman
    21. Marginalized practices Patricia Fara
    Part III. Special Themes:
    22. Scientific instruments and their makers G. L'E. Turner
    23. Print and public science Adrian Johns
    24. Scientific illustration in the eighteenth century Brian Ford
    25. Science, art and the representation of the natural world Charlotte Klonk
    26. Science and voyages of discovery Rob Iliffe
    Part IV. Non-Western Traditions:
    27. Islam Emilie Savage-Smith
    28. India Deepak Kumar
    29. China Frank Dikötter
    30. Japan Shigeru Nakayama
    31. Latin America: from Baroque to Modern Colonial science Jorge Cañizares Esguerra
    Part V. Ramifications and Impacts:
    32. Science and religion John Hedley Brooke
    33. Science, culture and the imagination: enlightenment configurations George S. Rousseau
    34. Science, philosophy, and the mind Paul Wood
    35. Global pillage: science, commerce and Empire Larry Stewart
    36. Technological and industrial change: a comparative essay Ian Inkster
    Index.

  • Editor

    Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, University College London

    Contributors

    Roy Porter, Peter Hans Reill, Lawrence Brockliss, James McClellan III, Robert Fox, Mary Fissell, Roger Cooter, Steven Shapin, Londa Schiebinger, William Clark, Richard Yeo, Rob Iliffe, John Gascoigne, Craig Fraser, Curtis Wilson, Rod Home, Jan Golinski, Shirley A. Roe, Rhoda Rappaport, Richard Olson, Thomas H. Broman, Patricia Fara, G. L'E. Turner, Adrian Johns, Brian Ford, Charlotte Klonk, Emilie Savage-Smith, Deepak Kumar, Frank Dikötter, Shigeru Nakayama, Jorge Cañizares Esguerra, John Hedley Brooke, George S. Rousseau, Paul Wood, Larry Stewart, Ian Inkster

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