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TitleExperiencing Nature [electronic resource] : Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Allen G. Debus / edited by Paul H. Theerman, Karen Hunger Parshall
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1997
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-5810-7
Descript XIII, 312 p. online resource

SUMMARY

This volume, honoring the renowned historian of science, Allen G Debus, explores ideas of science - èxperiences 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


CONTENT

Experiencing Nature in Intellectual Contexts -- The Body Politic before and after the Scientific Revolution -- The Geometrical Kabbalahs of John Dee and Johannes Kepler: The Hebrew Tradition and the Mathematical Study of Nature -- The Theological Foundations of Darwinโ{128}{153}s Theory of Evolution -- Chemistry through Invariant Theory? James Joseph Sylvesterโ{128}{153}s Mathematization of the Atomic Theory -- Experiencing Nature in Social Contexts -- Religion, Science, and the Public Imagination: The Restoration of Order in Early Modern France -- Dancing with Spiders: Tarantism in Early Modern Europe -- Nature and Culture in the Discourses of the Virtuosi of France -- Dionysius Lardnerโ{128}{153}s American Tour: A Case Study in Antebellum American Interest in Science, Technology, and Nature -- Establishing an Historiographical Tradition -- From the Sciences to History: A Personal and Intellectual Journey -- Selected Bibliography -- Notes on Contributors


History Chemistry Philosophy and science Medicine -- History Social sciences History History general Philosophy of Science Methodology of the Social Sciences History of Medicine Chemistry/Food Science general



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