A Companion to the History of Science (Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History)
By: Bernard Lightman (editor)Hardback
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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the History of Science is a single volume companion that discusses the history of science as it is done today, providing a survey of the debates and issues that dominate current scholarly discussion, with contributions from leading international scholars.
Provides a single-volume overview of current scholarship in the history of science edited by one of the leading figures in the fieldFeatures forty essays by leading international scholars providing an overview of the key debates and developments in the history of scienceReflects the shift towards deeper historical contextualization within the fieldHelps communicate and integrate perspectives from the history of science with other areas of historical inquiryIncludes discussion of non-Western themes which are integrated throughout the chapters Divided into four sections based on key analytic categories that reflect new approaches in the field
Bernard Lightman is Professor of Humanities at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, former Editor of the journal Isis, and Vice-Presdent and President Elect of the History of Science Society. Professor Lightman has published over 50 articles and is the author of The Origins of Agnosticism (1987) and Victorian Popularizers of Science (2007). He is also editor or co-editor of several collections: Victorian Science in Context (1997), Science in the Marketplace (2007), and Victorian Scientific Naturalism (2014). In addition, he is the series editor of Science and Culture in the Nineteeth Century.
About the Editor viii About the Contributors ix Acknowledgements xvi Introduction 1Bernard Lightman 1 Historiography of the History of Science 7Lynn K. Nyhart PART I ROLES 23 2 Learned Man and Woman in Antiquity and the Middle Ages 25Nathan Sidoli 3 Go-Betweens, Travelers, and Cultural Translators 39Kapil Raj 4 The Alchemist 58Tara Nummedal 5 The Natural Philosopher 71Peter Dear 6 The Natural Historian 84Kristin Johnson 7 Invisible Technicians, Instrument Makers, and Artisans 97Iwan Rhys Morus 8 Scientific illustrators 111Valerie Chansigaud 9 The Human Experimental Subject 126Anita Guerrini 10 Amateurs 139Katherine Pandora 11 The Man of Science 153Paul White 12 The Professional Scientist 164Cyrus C. M. Mody PART II PLACES AND SPACES 179 13 The Medieval University 181Steven J. Livesey 14 The Observatory 196Robert W. Smith 15 The Court 210Bruce T. Moran 16 Academies and Societies 224Denise Phillips 17 Museums and Botanical Gardens 238Lukas Rieppel 18 Domestic Space 252Donald L. Opitz 19 Commercial Science 268Paul Lucier 20 The Field 282Robert E. Kohler and Jeremy Vetter 21 The Laboratory 296Catherine M. Jackson 22 Modern School and University 310Heike Jons PART III COMMUNICATION 329 23 Manuscripts 331Joyce van Leeuwen 24 The Printing Press 344Nick Wilding 25 Correspondence Networks 358Brian Ogilvie 26 Translations 372Marwa Elshakry and Carla Nappi 27 Journals and Periodicals 387Aileen Fyfe 28 Textbooks 400Josep Simon 29 Lectures 414Diarmid A. Finnegan 30 Film, Radio, and Television 428David A. Kirby PART IV TOOLS OF SCIENCE 443 31 Timing Devices 445Rory McEvoy 32 Weights and Measures 459Hector Vera 33 Calculating Devices and Computers 472Matthew L. Jones 34 Specimens and Collections 488Mary E. Sunderland 35 Recording Devices 500Jimena Canales 36 Microscopes 515Boris Jardine 37 Telescopes 530Jim Bennett 38 Prisms, Spectroscopes, Spectrographs, and Gratings 543Klaus Hentschel 39 Diagrams 557Charlotte Bigg 40 Three Dimensional Models 572Joshua Nall and Liba Taub Index 587
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