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A History of Science in Society


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Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Origins of Natural Philosophy 2. The Roman Era and the Rise of Islam 3. The Revival of Natural Philosophy in Western Europe 4. Science in the Renaissance: The Courtly Philosophers 5. The Scientific Revolution: Contested Territory 6. The Enlightenment and Enterprise 7. Science and Empire 8. Entering the Atomic Age 9. Science and War 10. The Death of Certainty 11. 1957: The Year the World Became a Planet 12. Man on the Moon, Microwave in the Kitchen 13. New Frontiers: Science and Choice in the New Millennium Further Reading Index

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I've used A History of Science in Society in my survey course for years; it is one of the rare books that is as accessible as it is informative. The newest edition provides a richer discussion of subjects students care most about, and the already impressive text has been improved in innumerable ways. -- Matthew H. Hersch, University of Pennsylvania A History of Science in Society is a terrific book... Informed by recent scholarship on the importance of social constructions in the development of scientific ideas, Ede and Cormack's focus on how natural philosophers and scientists increasingly strove to make natural knowledge useful keeps the narrative focused and interesting. Easy to understand diagrams and a thoughtful use of illustrations and other supporting materials will greatly enhance student mastery of difficult concepts. This book is clearly written by two scholars who know how challenging it is to teach the history of science, and their beautifully written, thorough, and engaging book will be a welcome addition to many scholars' and students' bookshelves. -- Deborah E. Harkness, University of Southern California

About the Author

Lesley B. Cormack is Dean of Arts at the University of Alberta and the author of Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities, 1580-1620 and co-editor with Andrew Ede of A History of Science in Society: A Reader. Andrew Ede is Associate Professor of History at the University of Alberta and the author of The Rise and Decline of Colloid Science in North America, 1900-1935: The Neglected Dimension and The Chemical Element: A Historical Perspective.

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