Dictionary of the History of Science

Dictionary of the History of Science

Roy Porter
Copyright Date: 1981
Pages: 528
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    Dictionary of the History of Science
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    For readers interested in the development of major scientific concepts and the role of science in the western world, here is the first conceptually organized historical dictionary of scientific thought. The purpose of the dictionary is to illuminate this history by providing a concise, single volume reference book of short historical accounts of the important themes, ideas, and discoveries of science. Its conceptual approach differentiates the dictionary from previous reference works such as books of scientific biography and makes it a convenient manual both for the general reader and for scientists interested in the origin of concepts in their own and other scientific fields.

    Originally published in 1982.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5341-0
    Subjects: History of Science & Technology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. I-IV)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. V-VI)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. VII-VIII)
    Janet Browne, William Bynum and Roy Porter

    How is the historical dimension of science relevant to understanding its place in our lives? It is widely agreed that our present attitudes and ideas about religion, art, or morals are oriented the way they are, and thus related to other beliefs, because of their history And this history needs careful study because the processes by which ideas themselves come and go are complicated Some would argue that ideas have evolved in competition, by a kind of intellectual natural selection, favoured ones finding social niches, others, for instance, hold that the succession of ideas reflects the succession of groups dominant...

  4. Acknowledgements
    (pp. VIII-IX)
  5. Contributors
    (pp. X-XII)
  6. Analytical table of contents
    (pp. XIII-XXII)
  7. Bibliography
    (pp. XXIII-XXXIII)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. XXXIV-XXXIV)
  9. Dictionary
  10. Bibliographical index
    (pp. 452-494)