Science and Technology in World History An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0801883601

ISBN-13: 9780801883606

Edition: 2nd 2006

Authors: James E. McClellan, Harold Dorn

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Now in its second edition, this bestselling textbook may be the single most influential study of the historical relationship between science and technology ever published. Tracing this relationship from the dawn of civilization through the twentieth century, James E. McClellan III and Harold Dorn argue that technology as "applied science" emerged relatively recently, as industry and governments began funding scientific research that would lead directly to new or improved technologies. McClellan and Dorn identify two great scientific traditions: the useful sciences, patronized by the state from the dawn of civilization, and scientific theorizing, initiated by the ancient Greeks. They find that scientific traditions took root in China, India, and Central and South America, as well as in a series of Near Eastern empires, during late antiquity and the Middle Ages. From this comparative perspective, the authors explore the emergence of Europe and the United States as a scientific and technological power. The new edition reorganizes its treatment of Greek science and examines significantly expands its coverage of industrial civilization and contemporary science and technology with new and revised chapters devoted to applied science, the sociology and economics of science, globalization, and the technological systems that underpin everyday life.
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List price: $27.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 4/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Introduction: The Guiding Themes
From Ape to Alexander
Humankind Emerges: Tools and Toolmakers
The Reign of the Farmer
Pharaohs and Engineers
Greeks Bearing Gifts
Alexandria and After
Thinking and Doing among the World's Peoples
The Enduring East
The Middle Kingdom
Indus, Ganges, and Beyond
The New World
Europe and the Solar System
Plows, Stirrups, Guns, and Plagues
Copernicus Incites a Revolution
The Crime and Punishment of Galileo Galilei
"God said, 'Let Newton be!'"
Science and Industrial Civilization
Timber, Coal, Cloth, and Steam
Legacies of Revolution
Life Itself
Toolmakers Take Command
The New Aristotelians
The Bomb and the Genome
Under Today's Pharaohs
Conclusion: The Medium of History
Guide to Resources
Illustration Credits
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