Science and Technology in World History: An Introduction / Edition 2

Science and Technology in World History: An Introduction / Edition 2

by James E. McClellan III, Harold Dorn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801883601

ISBN-13: 9780801883606

Pub. Date: 04/14/2006

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Now in its second edition, this bestselling textbook may be the single most influential study of the historical relationship between science and technology ever published. Tracing this relationship from the dawn of civilization through the twentieth century, James E. McClellan III and Harold Dorn argue that technology as "applied science" emerged relatively

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Now in its second edition, this bestselling textbook may be the single most influential study of the historical relationship between science and technology ever published. Tracing this relationship from the dawn of civilization through the twentieth century, James E. McClellan III and Harold Dorn argue that technology as "applied science" emerged relatively recently, as industry and governments began funding scientific research that would lead directly to new or improved technologies.

McClellan and Dorn identify two great scientific traditions: the useful sciences, patronized by the state from the dawn of civilization, and scientific theorizing, initiated by the ancient Greeks. They find that scientific traditions took root in China, India, and Central and South America, as well as in a series of Near Eastern empires, during late antiquity and the Middle Ages. From this comparative perspective, the authors explore the emergence of Europe and the United States as a scientific and technological power.

The new edition reorganizes its treatment of Greek science and significantly expands its coverage of industrial civilization and contemporary science and technology with new and revised chapters devoted to applied science, the sociology and economics of science, globalization, and the technological systems that underpin everyday life.

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ISBN-13:
9780801883606
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
04/14/2006
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
233,057
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction : the guiding themes1
Pt. IFrom ape to Alexander3
Ch. 1Humankind emerges : tools and toolmakers5
Ch. 2The reign of the farmer17
Ch. 3Pharaohs and engineers31
Ch. 4Greeks bearing gifts55
Ch. 5Alexandria and after79
Pt. IIThinking and doing among the world's peoples97
Ch. 6The enduring East99
Ch. 7The middle kingdom117
Ch. 8Indus, Ganges, and beyond141
Ch. 9The new world155
Pt. IIIEurope and the solar system175
Ch. 10Plows, stirrups, guns, and plagues177
Ch. 11Copernicus incites a revolution203
Ch. 12The crime and punishment of Galileo Galilei223
Ch. 13"God said, 'let Newton be!'"249
Pt. IVScience and industrial civilization275
Ch. 14Timber, coal, cloth, and steam279
Ch. 15Legacies of revolution295
Ch. 16Life itself323
Ch. 17Toolmakers take command339
Ch. 18The new Aristotelians365
Ch. 19The bomb and the genome391
Ch. 20Under today's pharaohs415
Conclusion : the medium of history437

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