Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain

Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain

by Richard Yeo
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521541166

ISBN-13: 9780521541169

Pub. Date: 09/18/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Defining Science deals with the major role of the historian and philosopher of science, William Whewell, in early Victorian debates about the nature of science and its moral and cultural value. Richard Yeo also examines the different forms or genres in which science was discussed in the public sphere - most crucially in the Victorian review journals, but also in

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Defining Science deals with the major role of the historian and philosopher of science, William Whewell, in early Victorian debates about the nature of science and its moral and cultural value. Richard Yeo also examines the different forms or genres in which science was discussed in the public sphere - most crucially in the Victorian review journals, but also in biographical, historical and educational works. Analysis of the whole corpus of Whewell's work suggests that it be seen not only as an attempt to define science, but to clarify his own vocation as its leading critic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521541169
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/18/2003
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #27
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Science and the public sphere; 3. Metascience as a vocation; 4. Reviewing science; 5. Moral scientists; 6. Using history; 7. Moral science; 8. Science, education and society; 9. The unity of science.

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