The Social Origins of Modern Science / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $46.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 57%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $46.00   
  • New (6) from $80.98   
  • Used (3) from $46.00   


Here, for the first time, is a single volume in English that contains all the important historical essays Edgar Zilsel (1891-1944) published during WWII on the emergence of modern science. It also contains one previously unpublished essay and an extended version of an essay published earlier. This volume is unique in its well-articulated social perspective on the origins of modern science and is of major interest to students in early modern social history/history of science, professional philosophers, historians, and sociologists of science.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

Preface; R.S. Cohen. Foreword; J. Needham. Origin of the Essays. A Note of the Use of Archive Material. Acknowledgements. Editorial Policy. Introduction: Edgar Zilsel: His Life and Work (1891-1944); D. Raven, W. Krohn. Photo of Edgar Zilsel. Part I: The Social Origins of Modern Science. 1. The Social Roots of Science. 2. The Sociological Roots of Science. 3. The Methods of Humanism. 4. Remarks on Zilsel's 'The Methods of Humanism'; P.O. Kristeller. 5. The Origins of William Gilbert's Scientific Method. 6. The Genesis of the Concept of Physical Law. 7. Copernicus and Mechanics. 8. The Genesis of the Concept of Scientific Progress and Cooperation. 9. Problems of Empiricism. 10. Physics and the Problem of Historico-sociological Laws. 11. Phenomenology and Natural Science. 12. Concerning 'Phenomenology and Natural Science'. 13. History and Biological Evolution. 14. Science and the Humanistic Studies. Part III: Appendices. I: The Sociological Roots of Science. II: Laws of Nature and Historical Laws. III: Bibliography of Works Cited by Zilsel. IV: Bibliography of Edgar Zilsel's Works With a Bibliography of Secondary Literature Concerning Zilsel. Index of names. Index of topics.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)