9789004100060

The History of Science in the Netherlands

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  • ISBN13:

    9789004100060

  • ISBN10:

    9004100067

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-09-01
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
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Summary

In the 400 years of its modern history the Netherlands has produced a distinguished array of eminent mathematicians, scientists and medical researchers including many Nobel-prize winners and other internationally recognised figures, from Stevin, Snel, and Huygens in the 17th century to Lorentz, Kammerlingh Onnes, Buys Ballot, De Vries, de Sitter, and Oort in the 19th and 20th centuries. Yet it has often been noted that the history of science in the Netherlands is underepresented in the international literature. The handbook A History of Science in The Netherlands aims to correct this situation by providing a chronological and thematic survey of the field from the 16th century to the present, essays on selected aspects of science in the Netherlands, and reference biographies of about 65 important Dutch scientists. Written by more than 10 experts from Europe and North America, the handbook is the standard English-language reference work for the field.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Acknowledgements ix
List of Abbreviations
xi
General Introduction xiii
Map
xxviii
PART ONE: THE LEGACY OF STEVIN. A CHRONOLOGICAL NARRATIVE
Klaas van Berkel
Introduction
3(10)
Stevin and the Mathematical Practitioners, 1580--1620
13(24)
Academics and Aristocrats, 1620--1700
37(31)
Science in the Service of the Enlightenment, 1700--1795
68(27)
Reorganization and the Beginning of Recovery, 1795--1870
95(35)
Professionalization and Expansion, 1870--1914
130(40)
The Interbellum Period, 1914--1940
170(40)
The Natural Sciences in the Colonies
210(19)
The Sciences after the Second World War
229(10)
PART TWO: THEMATIC ESSAYS
Medicine and Health Care in the Netherlands, 1500--1800
239(40)
Frank Huisman
Classical or Modern? University-Preparatory Education
279(32)
Pieter Boekholt
The Instruments of Science: The Market and the Makers
311(21)
Peter de Clercq
Science and Belief in Dutch History
332(16)
Rienk Vermij
Science and Philosophy in the Netherlands
348(19)
Michiel Wielema
Mathematics in the Netherlands: A Brief Survey with an Emphasis on the Relation to Physics, 1560--1960
367(250)
Gerard Alberts
Eisso Atzema
Jan van Maanen
PART THREE: BIOGRAPHIES
Biographies
407(208)
PART FOUR: BIBLIOGRAPHY
Introduction
615(2)
Bibliography to Part One
617(14)
Klaas van Berkel
Literature on the History of Science, Medicine and Technology as an Academic Discipline in the Netherlands
631(14)
Lodewijk Palm
Notes on Contributors 645(2)
Index 647

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