Making Modern Science A Historical Survey

ISBN-10: 0226068617
ISBN-13: 9780226068619
Edition: 2005
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Description: The development of science, according to respected scholars Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus, expands our knowledge and control of the world in ways that affect-but are also affected by-society and culture. In "Making Modern Science, a text  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

The development of science, according to respected scholars Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus, expands our knowledge and control of the world in ways that affect-but are also affected by-society and culture. In "Making Modern Science, a text designed for introductory college courses in the history of science and as a single-volume introduction for the general reader, Bowler and Morus explore both the history of science itself and its influence on modern thought. Opening with an introduction that explains developments in the history of science over the last three decades and the controversies these initiatives have engendered, the book then proceeds in two parts. The first section considers key episodes in the development of modern science, including the Scientific Revolution and individual accomplishments in geology, physics, and biology. The second section is an analysis of the most important themes stemming from the social relations of science-the discoveries that force society to rethink its religious, moral, or philosophical values. "Making Modern Science thus chronicles all major developments in scientific thinking, from the revolutionary ideas of the seventeenth century to the contemporary issues of evolutionism, genetics, nuclear physics, and modern cosmology. Written by seasoned historians, this book will encourage students to see the history of science not as a series of names and dates but as an interconnected and complex web of relationships between science and modern society. The first survey of its kind," Making Modern Science is a much-needed and accessible introduction to the history of science, engagingly written for undergraduates and curious readers alike.

Peter J. Bowleris Reader in the History of Science at Queen's University, Belfast, and is well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his books on the history of evolutionism.

Preface
Introduction: Science, Society, and History
Episodes in the Development of Science
The Scientific Revolution
The Chemical Revolution
The Conservation of Energy
The Age of the Earth
The Darwinian Revolution
The New Biology
Genetics
Ecology and Environmentalism
Continental Drift
Twentieth-Century Physics
Revolutionizing Cosmology
The Emergence of the Human Sciences
Themes in the History of Science
The Organization of Science
Science and Religion
Popular Science
Science and Technology
Biology and Ideology
Science and Medicine
Science and War
Science and Gender
Epilogue
Index

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