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The Cambridge History of Science, Volume 6: The Modern Biological and Earth Sciences

Series: The Cambridge History of Science Series Volume: 6

Edited By: Peter J Bowler and John V Pickstone

662 pages, no illustrations, 3 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Jun 2009 | #175537 | ISBN-13: 9780521572019
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This book in the highly respected "Cambridge History of Science" series is devoted to the history of the life and earth sciences since 1800. It provides comprehensive and authoritative surveys of historical thinking on major developments in these areas of science, on the social and cultural milieus in which the knowledge was generated, and on the wider impact of the major theoretical and practical innovations.

The articles are written by acknowledged experts who provide concise accounts of the latest historical thinking coupled with guides to the most important recent literature. In addition to histories of traditional sciences, the book covers the emergence of newer disciplines such as genetics, biochemistry and geophysics. The interaction of scientific techniques with their practical applications in areas such as medicine is a major focus of the book, as is its coverage of controversial areas such as science and religion, and environmentalism.


1. Introduction Peter Bowler and John Pickstone

Part I. Workers and Places
2. Amateurs and professionals David Allen
3. Discovery and exploration Roy M. MacLeod
4. Museums Mary P. Winsor
5. Field stations and surveys Keith R. Benson
6. Universities Jonathan Harwood
7. Geological industries Paul Lucier
8. Biomedical industries John P. Swan
9. Public health Michael Warboys

Part II. Analysis and Experimentation
10. Geology Mott T. Greene
11. Geophysics and geochemistry David R. Oldroyd
12. Paleontology Ronald Rainger
13. Zoology Mario di Gregorio
14. Botany Eugene Cittadino
15. Anatomy, histology, and cytology Susan C. Lawrence
16. Embryology Nick Hopwood
17. Microbiology Olga Amsterdamska
18. Physiology Richard L. Kramer
19. Pathology Russell C. Maulitz

Part III. New Objects and Ideas
20. Evolution Jonathan Hidge
21. Genes Richard M. Burian and Doris T. Zallen
22. Ecosystems Pascal Acot
23. Immunology Thomas Soderquist, Craig Stillwell and Mark Jackson
24. Cancer J. P. Gaudilliere
25. The brain and the behavioral sciences Anne Harrington
26. Biotechnology and genetic engineering Robert F. Bud
27. Plate tectonics Henry Frankel
28. Mathematical models Jeff Schank and Charles Twardy

Part IV. Science and Culture
29. Religion and science James Moore
30. Biology and human nature Peter Bowler
31. Experimentation and ethics Susan E. Lederer
32. Environmentalism Stephen A. Bocking
33. Popular science Peter Bowler

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Peter J. Bowler is Professor of the History of Science at Queen's University in Belfast. He was president of the British Society for the History of Science from 2004 to 2006, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and is a Fellow of the British Academy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the author of numerous books, including "Charles Darwin: The Man and His Influence", published by Cambridge University Press in 1996 and "Reconciling Science and Religion: The Debate in Early Twentieth-Century Britain" (University of Chicago Press, 2001).

John V. Pickstone is Wellcome Research Professor at Manchester University, where he founded the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and directed it until 2002. His numerous books and articles include "Ways of Knowing: A New History of Science, Technology and Medicine" (Manchester University Press, 2000, and Chicago University Press, 2001) and "Surgeons, Manufacturers and Patients: A Transatlantic History of the Total Hip Replacement", co-authored with Julie Anderson and Francis Neary (Palgrave, 2007).

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