From Natural Philosophy to the Sciences
Writing the History of Nineteenth-Century Science
In this book, eleven leading historians of science assess what their field has taught us about this exciting time and identify issues that remain unexamined or require reconsideration. They treat both scientific disciplines—biology, physics, chemistry, the earth sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences—in their specific intellectual and sociocultural contexts as well as the broader topics of science and medicine; science and religion; scientific institutions and communities; and science, technology, and industry.
Providing a much-needed overview and analysis of a rapidly expanding field, From Natural Philosophy to the Sciences will be essential for historians of science, but also of great interest to scholars of all aspects of nineteenth-century life and culture.
Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Jed Z. Buchwald, David Cahan, Joseph Dauben, Frederick Gregory, Michael Hagner, Sungook Hong, David R. Oldroyd, Theodore M. Porter, Robert J. Richards, Ulrich Wengenroth
List of Contributors
1. Looking at Nineteenth-Century Science: An Introduction
Robert J. Richards
3. Scientific Medicine
4. The Earth Sciences
David R. Oldroyd
Jed Z. Buchwald and Sungook Hong
8. Science, Technology, and Industry
9. The Social Sciences
Theodore M. Porter
10. Institutions and Communities
11. Science and Religion
"Given its breadth, this multi-authored book is remarkably successful in meeting its goals. . . . The well-qualified authors admirably provide essays in biology, scientific medicine, earth sciences, mathematicvs, physics, chemistry, science, technology, industry, social sciences, and science and religion. Excellent extensive bibliography and index."