Styles of Knowing: A New History of Science from Ancient Times to the Present

Styles of Knowing: A New History of Science from Ancient Times to the Present

by Chunglin Kwa

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Now available in English, Styles of Knowing explores the development of various scientific reasoning processes in cultural-historical context. Influenced by historian Alistair Crombie’s Styles of Scientific Thinking in the European Tradition, Chunglin Kwa organizes his book according to six distinct styles: deductive, experimental, analytical-hypothetical, taxonomic, statistical, and evolutionary. Instead of featuring individual scientific disciplines in different chapters, each chapter explains the historical applications of each style’s unique criterion for good science. Kwa shows also how styles have influenced each other and transformed over time. In a chapter written especially for American audiences, Kwa examines how changes in engineering and technology during the twentieth century affected the balance among the various styles of science.
      Based on extensive research in Greek and Latin primary sources and numerous modern secondary sources, Kwa demonstrates the heterogeneous nature of scientific discovery. This accessible and innovative introduction to scientific change provides a foundational history for the classroom, historians, and nonspecialists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822977742
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 06/26/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Chunglin Kwa is lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He teaches courses in history of science, philosophy of science, and on sustainable development in relation to the environmental sciences.  He served as editor of EASST Review from 1991 to 2006.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface 1. Introduction: The Six Styles of Knowing 2. The Deductive Style of Science 3. The Deductive Style in a Christian Context 4. From Scholar to Virtuoso: The Renaissance Origins of the Experimental Style 5. The Experimental Style II: The Skeptics and Their Opponents 6. The Experimental Style III: Alchemy and the New Sciences 7. The Hypothetical Style: Analogies between Nature and Technology 8. The Taxonomic Style 9. Statistical Analysis as a Style of Science 10. The Evolutionary Style 11. Science in the Twentieth Century Notes Bibliography Index

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The author enlightens us on the significant role that technoscience plays in Public Sphere and the Market Place. University of Pittsburgh Press has presented us with a highly-readable, interesting science history directed to the students, with short notes and wide-ranging bibliography. Chunglin Kwa leads us through the learning blocks of science developed over time, logically revealing the variety of science methods used in high school education. Deduction from Aristotle, Galileo with observations and experiments, hypotheses and technology with Watson and Crick, then math and statistics with the electronic advances, and MIT, NIH with the changes in funding and goal-setting. Styles of Knowing by Chunglin Kwa assists in the presentation of nitty, gritty facts to the Public Sphere and Market Place in advancement of science and technology.