Cloth $81.00 ISBN: 9780226068602 Published May 2005
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226068619 Published April 2005
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Making Modern Science

A Historical Survey

Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus

Making Modern Science
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Peter J. Bowler and Iwan Rhys Morus

538 pages | 59 halftones, 38 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2005
Cloth $81.00 ISBN: 9780226068602 Published May 2005
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226068619 Published April 2005
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226068626 Published February 2010
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.
John Tresch | Science
"The book accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of introducing readers to what every student knows (or should) about modern science—the “textbook” histories of many of the most important developments in physics, biology, chemistry, and technology of the last 300 years—while at the same time using considerable historical and theoretical sophistication to bring out the complexities and ambiguities that undercut these myths. . . . Attractively illustrated and easy to use, the book explains difficult scientific and philosophical issues in brief and often surprisingly clear terms. . . . The field of history of science has been calling out for a book just like this one. Making Modern Science will be a great help in introductory courses and will provide important background for advanced courses. . . . Bowler and Morus’s account will reward scientists who wish to see the history of their own field from a new and provocative perspective; students and teachers in need of a reliable introduction or a rapid brush-up; and readers with a general interest in the people, institutions, and concepts that have made science such a central aspect. . . . A timely, informative, challenging, and very welcome achievement."
Virginia Quarterly Review
“At the same time that [Bowler and Morus] challenge our myths of scientific objectivity, however, they also challenge those who are too quick to despair of the possibility of better understanding our world. Making Modern Science provides a detailed and fascinating glimpse into the vibrant tradition of scientific inquiry that has so shaped our contemporary world. . . . Bowler and Morus have written an excellent historical survey that general readers and scholars alike will find rich and stimulating.”
Jon Turney | Times Higher Education Supplement
"A real landmark. Finally, two first-rate academic historians—one a specialist in biological and earth sciences, one in physical sciences —both firmly committed to sociological, contextual approaches, offer an overview of their discipline for the beginning student."
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
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