Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey

Paperback | April 20, 2005

byPeter J. Bowler, Iwan Rhys Morus

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The development of science, according to respected scholars Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus, expands our knowledge and control of the world in ways that affect-but are also affected by-society and culture. In Making Modern Science, a text designed for introductory college courses in the history of science and as a single-volume introduction for the general reader, Bowler and Morus explore both the history of science itself and its influence on modern thought.

Opening with an introduction that explains developments in the history of science over the last three decades and the controversies these initiatives have engendered, the book then proceeds in two parts. The first section considers key episodes in the development of modern science, including the Scientific Revolution and individual accomplishments in geology, physics, and biology. The second section is an analysis of the most important themes stemming from the social relations of science-the discoveries that force society to rethink its religious, moral, or philosophical values. Making Modern Science thus chronicles all major developments in scientific thinking, from the revolutionary ideas of the seventeenth century to the contemporary issues of evolutionism, genetics, nuclear physics, and modern cosmology.

Written by seasoned historians, this book will encourage students to see the history of science not as a series of names and dates but as an interconnected and complex web of relationships between science and modern society. The first survey of its kind, Making Modern Science is a much-needed and accessible introduction to the history of science, engagingly written for undergraduates and curious readers alike.

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The development of science, according to respected scholars Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus, expands our knowledge and control of the world in ways that affect-but are also affected by-society and culture. In Making Modern Science, a text designed for introductory college courses in the history of science and as a single-volume int...

Peter J. Bowler is professor of the history of science in the School of Anthropological Studies at Queen's University, Belfast, and the author of Reconciling Science and Religion: The Debate in Early-Twentieth-Century Britain, published by the University of Chicago Press. Iwan Rhys Morus is lecturer in the Department of History and Wel...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:538 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:April 20, 2005Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226068617

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Table of Contents

PREFACE
1. INTRODUCTION: SCIENCE, SOCIETY, AND HISTORY
PART I EPISODES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE
2. THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
3. THE CHEMICAL REVOLUTION
4. THE CONSERVATION OF ENERGY
5. THE AGE OF THE EARTH
6. THE DARWINIAN REVOLUTION
7. THE NEW BIOLOGY
8. GENETICS
9. ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
10. CONTINENTAL DRIFT
11. TWENTIETH-CENTURY PHYSICS
12. REVOLUTIONIZING COSMOLOGY
13. THE EMERGENCE OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES
PART II THEMES IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE
14. THE ORGANIZATION OF SCIENCE
15. SCIENCE AND RELIGION
16. POPULAR SCIENCE
17. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
18. BIOLOGY AND IDEOLOGY
19. SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
20. SCIENCE AND WAR
21. SCIENCE AND GENDER
22. EPILOGUE
INDEX