Trends in the Historiography of Science / Edition 1

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The discussions of theoretical issues involved in the history of science have not received sufficient attention. This volume is a contribution to this ongoing discussion and deals with many such issues in the historiography of science, concentrating mainly on what is known as the internalist approach. The topics include ancient Greek mathematics during the Enlightenment, the physical sciences in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as discussions of the relationship between history and philosophy of science. Both beginners in the fields of history and/or philosophy of science as well as scholars who have been already working in these fields will read the articles with pleasure and profit.

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I Methodological Issues in the Historiography of Science.- Charting the Scientific Community.- Theory and Practice in Early Modern Physics.- Styles of Scientific Thinking or Reasoning: A New Analytical Tool for Historians and Philosophers of the Sciences.- Kinds and (In)commensurability.- Types of Discourse and the Reading of the History of the Physical Sciences.- On Demarcations between Science in Context and the Context of Science.- On the Harmful Effects of Excessive Anti-Whiggism.- Issues in the Historiography of Post-Byzantine Science.- Social Environment, Foundations of Science, and the Possible Histories of Science.- Scientific Discoveries as Historical Artifacts.- Selection, System and Historiography.- Can the History of Instrumentation Tell Us Anything about Scientific Practice?.- The One in the Philosophy of Proclus: Logic versus Metaphysics.- Rational versus Sociological Reductionism: Imre Lakatos and the Edinburgh School.- Sociocultural Factors and the Historiography of Science.- II Historiography of Mathematics.- Is Mathematics Ahistorical? An Attempt to an Answer Motivated by Greek Mathematics.- The Story of the Discovery of Incommensurability, Revisited.- On the History of Indeterminate Problems of the First Degree in Greek Mathematics.- On the Justification of the Method of Historical Interpretation.- The Infinite in Leibniz’s Mathematics — The Historiographical Method of Comprehension in Context.- John Landen: First Attempt for the Algebrization of the Infinitesimal Calculus.- Historiographical Trends in the Social History of Mathematics and Science.- The Conception of the Scientific Research Programs and the Real History of Mathematics.- III Historiography of the Sciences.- Scientists and the State: The Legacy of World War II.- Unification, Geometry and Ambivalence: Hilbert, Weyl and the Göttingen Community.- The Two-Dimensional View of the History of Chemistry.- The Problem of Method in the Study of the Influence a Philosophy Has on Scientific Practice. The Case of Thermoelectricity.- Reopening the Texts of Romantic Science: The Language of Experience in J. W. Ritter’s Beweis.- Problems and Methodology of Exploring the Scientific Thought during the Greek Enlightenment (1750–1821).- History of Science and History of Mathematization: The Example the Science of Motion at the Turn of the 17th and 18th Centuries.- The Artistic Culture of the Renaissance and the Genesis of Modern European Science.- Archaeoastronomy in Greece: Data, Problems and Perspectives.- Index of Names.

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