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The Cambridge History of Science


  • 3 tables
  • Page extent: 688 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.04 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521572019)

This book in the highly respected Cambridge History of Science series is devoted to the history of the life and earth sciences since 1800. It provides comprehensive and authoritative surveys of historical thinking on major developments in these areas of science, on the social and cultural milieus in which the knowledge was generated, and on the wider impact of the major theoretical and practical innovations. The articles are written by acknowledged experts who provide concise accounts of the latest historical thinking coupled with guides to the most important recent literature. In addition to histories of traditional sciences, the book covers the emergence of newer disciplines such as genetics, biochemistry and geophysics. The interaction of scientific techniques with their practical applications in areas such as medicine is a major focus of the book, as is its coverage of controversial areas such as science and religion, and environmentalism.

• Comprehensive account of the history of the life and earth sciences • Authoritative surveys of historical thinking on science by expert authors • Introduction to the latest thinking in the history of science for readers seeking a basic understanding on which to build


1. Introduction Peter Bowler and John Pickstone; Part I. Workers and Places: 2. Amateurs and professionals David Allen; 3. Discovery and exploration Roy M. MacLeod; 4. Museums Mary P. Winsor; 5. Field stations and surveys Keith R. Benson; 6. Universities Jonathan Harwood; 7. Geological industries Paul Lucier; 8. Biomedical industries John P. Swan; 9. Public health Michael Warboys; Part II. Analysis and Experimentation: 10. Geology Mott T. Greene; 11. Geophysics and geochemistry David R. Oldroyd; 12. Paleontology Ronald Rainger; 13. Zoology Mario di Gregorio; 14. Botany Eugene Cittadino; 15. Anatomy, histology, and cytology Susan C. Lawrence; 16. Embryology Nick Hopwood; 17. Microbiology Olga Amsterdamska; 18. Physiology Richard L. Kramer; 19. Pathology Russell C. Maulitz; Part III. New Objects and Ideas: 20. Evolution Jonathan Hidge; 21. Genes Richard M. Burian and Doris T. Zallen; 22. Ecosystems Pascal Acot; 23. Immunology Thomas Soderquist, Craig Stillwell and Mark Jackson; 24. Cancer J. P. Gaudilliere; 25. The brain and the behavioral sciences Anne Harrington; 26. Biotechnology and genetic engineering Robert F. Bud; 27. Plate tectonics Henry Frankel; 28. Mathematical models Jeff Schank and Charles Twardy; Part IV. Science and Culture: 29. Religion and science James Moore; 30. Biology and human nature Peter Bowler; 31. Experimentation and ethics Susan E. Lederer; 32. Environmentalism Stephen A. Bocking; 33. Popular science Peter Bowler.


'… Volume 6 … together with the others of the same series, will serve as a useful reference source.' Nuncius: Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science


Peter Bowler, John Pickstone, David Allen, Roy M. MacLeod, Mary P. Winsor, Keith R. Benson, Jonathan Harwood, Paul Lucier, John P. Swan, Michael Warboys, Mott T. Greene, David R. Oldroyd, Ronald Rainger, Mario di Gregorio, Eugene Cittadino, Susan C. Lawrence, Nick Hopwood, Olga Amsterdamska, Richard L. Kramer, Russell C. Maulitz, Jonathan Hodge, Richard M. Burian, Doris T. Zallen, Pascal Acot, Thomas Soderquist, Craig Stillwell, Mark Jackson, J. P. Gaudilliere, Anne Harrington, Robert F. Bud, Henry Frankel, Jeff Schank, Charles Twardy, James Moore, Susan E. Lederer, Stephen A. Bocking

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