Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey / Edition 1

Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey / Edition 1

by Peter J. Bowler, Iwan Rhys Morus
     
 


The development of science, according to respected scholars Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus, expands our knowledge and control of the world in ways that affect-but are also affected by-society and culture. In Making Modern Science, a text designed for introductory college courses in the history of science and as a single-volume introduction for theSee more details below

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The development of science, according to respected scholars Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus, expands our knowledge and control of the world in ways that affect-but are also affected by-society and culture. In Making Modern Science, a text designed for introductory college courses in the history of science and as a single-volume introduction for the general reader, Bowler and Morus explore both the history of science itself and its influence on modern thought.

Opening with an introduction that explains developments in the history of science over the last three decades and the controversies these initiatives have engendered, the book then proceeds in two parts. The first section considers key episodes in the development of modern science, including the Scientific Revolution and individual accomplishments in geology, physics, and biology. The second section is an analysis of the most important themes stemming from the social relations of science-the discoveries that force society to rethink its religious, moral, or philosophical values. Making Modern Science thus chronicles all major developments in scientific thinking, from the revolutionary ideas of the seventeenth century to the contemporary issues of evolutionism, genetics, nuclear physics, and modern cosmology.

Written by seasoned historians, this book will encourage students to see the history of science not as a series of names and dates but as an interconnected and complex web of relationships between science and modern society. The first survey of its kind, Making Modern Science is a much-needed and accessible introduction to the history of science, engagingly written for undergraduates and curious readers alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226068619
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/20/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
538
Sales rank:
586,554
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : science, society, and history1
2The scientific revolution23
3The chemical revolution55
4The conservation of energy79
5The age of the earth103
6The Darwinian revolution129
7The new biology165
8Genetics189
9Ecology and environmentalism213
10Continental drift237
11Twentieth-century physics253
12Revolutionizing cosmology277
13The emergence of the human sciences299
14The organization of science319
15Science and religion341
16Popular science367
17Science and technology391
18Biology and ideology415
19Science and medicine439
20Science and war463
21Science and gender487
22Epilogue511

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