A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility, Second Edition by Lesley B. CormackA History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility, Second Edition by Lesley B. Cormack

A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility, Second Edition

byLesley B. Cormack, Andrew Ede

Paperback | March 12, 2012

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A History of Science in Society is a concise overview that introduces complex ideas in a non-technical fashion. Andrew Ede and Lesley B. Cormack trace the history of science through its continually changing place in society and explore the link between the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to make that knowledge useful.

In this edition, the authors examine the robust intellectual exchange between East and West and provide new discussions of two women in science: Maria Merian and Maria Winkelmann. A chapter on the relationship between science and war has been added as well as a section on climate change. The further readings section has been updated to reflect recent contributions to the field. Other new features include timelines at the end of each chapter, 70 upgraded illustrations, and new maps of Renaissance Europe, Captain James Cook's voyages, the 2nd voyage of the Beagle, and the main war front during World War I.

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 Declin...
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Title:A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility, Second EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 7 × 1 inPublished:March 12, 2012Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Higher Education DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442604468

ISBN - 13:9781442604469

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Table of Contents

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

Editorial Reviews

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