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 field
Features forty essays by leading international scholars providing an overview of the key debates and developments in the history of science
Reflects the shift towards deeper historical contextualization within the field
Helps communicate and integrate perspectives from the history of science with other areas of historical inquiry
Includes 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 1 Bernard Lightman 1 Historiography of the History of Science 7 Lynn K. Nyhart PART I ROLES 23 2 Learned Man and Woman in Antiquity and the Middle Ages 25 Nathan Sidoli 3 Go-Betweens, Travelers, and Cultural Translators 39 Kapil Raj 4 The Alchemist 58 Tara Nummedal 5 The Natural Philosopher 71 Peter Dear 6 The Natural Historian 84 Kristin Johnson 7 Invisible Technicians, Instrument Makers, and Artisans 97 Iwan Rhys Morus 8 Scientific illustrators 111 Valerie Chansigaud 9 The Human Experimental Subject 126 Anita Guerrini 10 Amateurs 139 Katherine Pandora 11 The Man of Science 153 Paul White 12 The Professional Scientist 164 Cyrus C. M. Mody PART II PLACES AND SPACES 179 13 The Medieval University 181 Steven J. Livesey 14 The Observatory 196 Robert W. Smith 15 The Court 210 Bruce T. Moran 16 Academies and Societies 224 Denise Phillips 17 Museums and Botanical Gardens 238 Lukas Rieppel 18 Domestic Space 252 Donald L. Opitz 19 Commercial Science 268 Paul Lucier 20 The Field 282 Robert E. Kohler and Jeremy Vetter 21 The Laboratory 296 Catherine M. Jackson 22 Modern School and University 310 Heike Joens PART III COMMUNICATION 329 23 Manuscripts 331 Joyce van Leeuwen 24 The Printing Press 344 Nick Wilding 25 Correspondence Networks 358 Brian Ogilvie 26 Translations 372 Marwa Elshakry and Carla Nappi 27 Journals and Periodicals 387 Aileen Fyfe 28 Textbooks 400 Josep Simon 29 Lectures 414 Diarmid A. Finnegan 30 Film, Radio, and Television 428 David A. Kirby PART IV TOOLS OF SCIENCE 443 31 Timing Devices 445 Rory McEvoy 32 Weights and Measures 459 Hector Vera 33 Calculating Devices and Computers 472 Matthew L. Jones 34 Specimens and Collections 488 Mary E. Sunderland 35 Recording Devices 500 Jimena Canales 36 Microscopes 515 Boris Jardine 37 Telescopes 530 Jim Bennett 38 Prisms, Spectroscopes, Spectrographs, and Gratings 543 Klaus Hentschel 39 Diagrams 557 Charlotte Bigg 40 Three Dimensional Models 572 Joshua Nall and Liba Taub Index 587