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Putting Science in Its Place


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David N. Livingstone is a professor of geography and intellectual history at Queen's University, Belfast. A Fellow of the British Academy and a member of both the Academia Europaea and the Royal Irish Academy, he is the author of numerous books, including The Geographical Tradition: Episodes in the History of a Contested Enterprise and Adam's Ancestors: Race, Religion and the Politics of Human Origins.


"As David Livingstone explains in Putting Science in Its Place, geography has always had a profound influence on both the generation and acceptance of scientific ideas. We assume that physical constants are the same when measured in Indiana or India but it seems that more abstract concepts must adapt to local conditions. So from the 16th-century Catholic church's rejection of Copernican astronomy to the present day, there have been plenty of examples of scientific orthodoxy bending to religious, political or cultural pressures."--John Bonner "New Scientist "
"No one will begrudge the idea that 'places' are often important to the relevant science, or even that 'micro-geography' could be useful for discussing them.... David Livingstone's mission is to convert to the micro-geographical cause all who are guilty of treating place as a poor relation of time."
--John North "Times Literary Supplement "
"[Putting Science in Its Place] offers researchers and the public an informative perspective on how space shapes the development and reception of scientific knowledge. Livingstone's concise, eminently readable account unveils the politics of place and demonstrates how geography has made the scientific enterprise a moral undertaking based on trust."--Cristina Gonzalez "Science "
"A model of its kind, Putting Science in Its Place is accessible and well written, yet packed with information and carrying a coherent and important message--that space does indeed play an important role in the constitution of knowledge. Livingstone provides a survey of the actual ways in which it does so, using deft historical examples and masterfully tying them together. Nobody has worked through this claim with this consistency or coherence."--Adrian Johns, author of The Nature of the Book

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