The 67 chapters of this book constitute a descriptive and analytical guide to the development of Western science from AD 1500, and to the diversity and course of that development first in Europe and later across the world. The contributors, specialists from all parts of the world, present their chapters in clear, non-technical language, open to the non-specialist. Part One describes the methods and problems of research in the history of science. It examines the relationship between science and history, the available systems of historical interpretation and the philosophical problems concerning questions of discovery and reality. Part Two applies these methods to a wide range of fields, from the work of Newton to Relativity and Genetic Engineering, and presents a comprehensive picture of the history of scientific enterprise. There are full indexes of both subjects and names.
Indeed a companionable volume whose 67 essays give pleasure and instruction. References are copious, yet not so comprehensive as to deter the novice from further research into a still young field . . . an ambitious and successful work.
-"Times Literary Supplement
"An essential resource for libraries everywhere. For specialist science libraries willing to keep just one encyclopedic guide to history, for information, for the devisers of university curricula, for the modern social historian or even the eclectic scientist taking a break from simply making history, this is the book for you."
-"Times Higher Education Supplement
"A triumph of editorial skill and determination. The articles are clearly laid out, with extensive endnotes and bibliography after each article . . . an invaluable resource . . . [a] mine of information . . . make sure it is ordered by your local library."
-"Scientific and Medical Network
"Specialists will enjoy browsing, especially in areas outside their own. Newcomers . . . will find provocative and stimulating insights into today's practice in the history of science."
"Attractively produced and elaborately indexed, "[Companion to the History of Modern Science] accomplishes very well what it was intended to do."
-"Sci-Tech Book News, 1990
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