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Experiencing Nature: Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Allen G. Debus
     

Experiencing Nature: Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Allen G. Debus

by P. Theerman (Editor), Karen Hunger Parshall (Editor)
 

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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,

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789401064545
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science , #58
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.03(d)

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