People's History of Science Miners, Midwives, and Low Mechanicks

ISBN-10: 1560257482
ISBN-13: 9781560257486
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Nation Books
Publication date: 11/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

We all know the history of science that we learned from grade school textbooks: How Galileo used his telescope to show that the earth was not the center of the universe; how Newton divined gravity from the falling apple; how Einstein unlocked the mysteries of time and space with a simple equation. This history is made up of long periods of ignorance and confusion, punctuated once an age by a brilliant thinker who puts it all together. These few tower over the ordinary mass of people, and in the traditional account, it is to them that we owe science in its entirety. This belief is wrong. "A People's History of Science shows how ordinary people participate in creating science and have done so throughout history. It documents how the development of science has affected ordinary people, and how ordinary people perceived that development. It would be wrong to claim that the formulation of quantum theory or the structure of DNA can be credited directly to artisans or peasants, but if modern science is likened to a skyscraper, then those twentieth-century triumphs are the sophisticated filigrees at its pinnacle that are supported by the massive foundation created by the rest of us.

What science? what history? what people?
Prehistory : were hunter-gatherers stupid?
What "Greek miracle"?
Blue-water sailors and the navigational sciences
Who were the revolutionaries in the scientific revolution?
Who were the winners in the scientific revolution?
The "union of capital and science"
The scientific-industrial complex

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