A Master of Science History: Essays in Honor of Charles by Jed Z. Buchwald

By Jed Z. Buchwald

New essays in technological know-how background ranging around the complete box and comparable in so much example to the works of Charles Gillispie, one of many field's founders.

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Of the two notable scholars who flourished in the 1920s and 1930s, George Sarton was a prophet and scholarly bibliographer rather than a historian, while E. L. Thorndike was a devoted, learned antiquarian riding his hobby horse of magic and experimental science through the library of the Vatican. Though much and rightly respected, neither found a following. Nor did E. J. Dijksterhuis, whose The Mechanization of the World Picture (1950) is a classic that will always repay study. Anticipations of a fully historical history of science appeared in the work of He´le`ne Metzger on 18th-century chemistry and Anneliese Maier on medieval science.

Loren R. Graham, Science in Russia and the Soviet Union. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. New York Times Book Review (21 March 1993), 25. 34. , Gene`se et diffusion du syste`me me´trique. Paris: E´ditions du Lys, 1990. Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences 43, 131 (1993), 419–420. 35. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin. Vols. 28, 29 (Nov. 1, 1778–June 30, 1779) ed. Barbara Olberg et al. New Haven: Yale, 1990, 1992. The Journal of American History 80 (Sept. 1993), 644–645. 36.

I’m not sure I even knew that there had been a chemical revolution centering on the work of Lavoisier. Darwin was the obvious link between science and intellectual history, but, such was my naivete´, it hardly seemed possible that anything new could be said about the theory of evolution, about science and religion, or about social Darwinism, and I elected to look into the background. That turned out to be in geology, whence my first book, Genesis and Geology:A Study in the Relations of Scientific Thought, Natural Theology, and Social Opinion in Great Britain, 1790–1850 (1951).

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