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9780792344773

Experiencing Nature

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  • ISBN13:

    9780792344773

  • ISBN10:

    0792344774

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-05-01
  • Publisher: Kluwer Academic Pub
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Summary

This volume, honoring the renowned historian of science, Allen G Debus, explores ideas of science - 'experiences of nature' - from within a historiographical tradition that Debus has done much to define. As his work shows, the sciences do not develop exclusively as a result of a progressive and inexorable logic of discovery. A wide variety of extra-scientific factors, deriving from changing intellectual contexts and differing social millieus, play crucial roles in the overall development of scientific thought. These essays represent case studies in a broad range of scientific settings - from sixteenth-century astronomy and medicine, through nineteenth-century biology and mathematics, to the social sciences in the twentieth-century - that show the impact of both social settings and the cross-fertilization of ideas on the formation of science. Aimed at a general audience interested in the history of science, this book closes with Debus's personal perspective on the development of the field. Audience: This book will appeal especially to historians of science, of chemistry, and of medicine.

Table of Contents

PAUL H. THEERMAN
KAREN HUNGER PARSHALL
Introduction ix(4)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii
EXPERIENCING NATURE IN INTELLECTUAL CONTEXTS 1(112)
I. BERNARD COHEN
The Body Politic before and after the Scientific Revolution
1(42)
MICHAEL T. WALTON
PHYLLIS J. WALTON
The Geometrical Kabbalahs of John Dee and Johannes Kepler: The Hebrew Tradition and the Mathematical Study of Nature
43(18)
ROBERT J. RICHARDS
The Theological Foundations of Darwin's Theory of Evolution
61(20)
KAREN HUNGER PARSHALL
Chemistry through Invariant Theory? James Joseph Sylvester's Mathematization of the Atomic Theory
81(32)
EXPERIENCING NATURE IN SOCIAL CONTEXTS 113(124)
TERENCE D. MURPHY
Religion, Science, and the Public Imagination: The Restoration of Order in Early Modern France
113(50)
MARTHA BALDWIN
Dancing with Spiders: Tarantism in Early Modern Europe
163(30)
KATHLEEN WELLMAN
Nature and Culture in the Discourses of the Virtuosi of France
193(18)
PAUL H. THEERMAN
Dionysius Lardner's American Tour: A Case Study in Antebellum American Interest in Science, Technology, and Nature
211(26)
ESTABLISHING AN HISTORIOGRAPHICAL TRADITION 237(62)
ALLEN G. DEBUS
From the Sciences to History: A Personal and Intellectual Journey
237(44)
ALLEN G. DEBUS
Selected Bibliography
281(18)
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS 299(2)
INDEX 301

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