American Science in the Age of Jackson (History of American Science and Technology Series) / Edition 2

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In this first effort to define an American scientific community, originally published in 1968, George Daniels has chosen for special study the 56 scientists most published in the 16 scientific journals identified as “national” during the period 1815 to 1845. In this reprint edition, with a new preface and introduction, Daniels shows how American scientists emerged from a disorganized group of amateurs into a professional body sharing a common orientation and common goals.

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“This work is indispensable and unique….An excellent account of how Jacksonian science reached a springboard to break through to become part of American culture.”

“What I like most about Daniel’s book is not that it’s always right—it isn’t—but that it’s always provocative. It’s more interpretative than any of the other chronological volumes on science in America.”—Ronald L. Numbers, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A study of the 56 scientists most published in the 16 scientific journals identified as national during the period 1815-1845. Daniels (history, U. of South Alabama) shows how American scientists emerged from a disorganized group of amateurs into a professional body sharing common goals. Includes biographical and bibliographical sketche of leading scientists of the time period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817307400
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: Hist of American Science and Technology Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

George H. Daniels is Professor and Chairman, Department of History, at The University of South Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1994 Edition
Introduction 1
1 The Pursuit of Science in America, 1815-1845 6
2 The Scientific Profession 34
3 The Reign of Bacon in America 63
4 The Philosophy in Action 86
5 A Deluge of Facts 102
6 The Limits of Baconianism: History and the Imponderables 118
7 Finalism, Positivism, and Scientific Explanation 138
8 The Inductive Process and the Doctrine of Analogy 163
9 Science, Theology, and Common Sense 191
Appendix I. Biographical and Bibliographical Sketches of Fifty-five Leading American Scientists of the Period 1815 to 1845 201
Appendix II. American Scientific Journals, 1771-1849 229
Notes 233
Index 277
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