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Science Incarnate Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge

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ISBN-10: 0226470148

ISBN-13: 9780226470146

Edition: 1998

Authors: Christopher Lawrence, Steven Shapin

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Ever since Greek antiquity "disembodied knowledge" has often been taken as synonymous with "objective truth." Yet we also have very specific mental images of the kinds of bodies that house great minds--the ascetic philosopher versus the hearty surgeon, for example. Does truth have anything to do with the belly? What difference does it make to the pursuit of knowledge whether Einstein rode a bicycle, Russell was randy, or Darwin flatulent? Bringing body and knowledge into such intimate contact is occasionally seen as funny, sometimes as enraging, and more often just as pointless. Vividly written and well illustrated, Science Incarnate offers concrete historical answers to such skeptical…    
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Introduction: The Body of Knowledge
The Philosopher and the Chicken: On the Dietetics of Disembodied Knowledge
A Mechanical Microcosm: Bodily Passions, Good Manners, and Cartesian Mechanism
Regeneration: The Body of Natural Philosophers in Restoration England
Isaac Newton: Lucatello Professor of Mathematics
Medical Minds, Surgical Bodies: Corporeality and the Doctors
A Calculus of Suffering: Ada Lovelace and the Bodily Constraints on Women's Knowledge in Early Victorian England
I Could Have Retched All Night: Charles Darwin and His Body
Exercising the Student Body: Mathematics and Athleticism in Victorian Cambridge