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
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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
List of abbreviations
1Introduction3
2Science and the public sphere28
3Metascience as a vocation49
4Reviewing science77
(1)Science and reviews77
(2)Whewell's early reviews87
5Moral scientists116
6Using history145
7Moral science176
8Science, education, and society209
9The unity of science231
List of references256
Index276

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