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An Introduction to the Historiography of Science - Professor Helge S. Kragh

An Introduction to the Historiography of Science

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Published: 30th April 1990
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This book introduces the methodological and philosophical problems with which modern history of science is concerned, offering a comprehensive and critical review through description and evaluation of significant historiographical viewpoints. Incorporating discussion of key problems in general historical writing, with examples drawn from a range of disciplines, this non-elementary introduction bridges the gap between general history and history of science. Following a review of the early development of the history of science, the theory of history as applied to science history is introduced, examining the basic problems which this generates, including problems of periodisation, ideological functions, and the conflict between diachronical and anachronical historiography. Finally, the book considers the critical use, and analysis, of historical sources, and the possibility of the experiemental reconstruction of history. Aimed primarily at students, the book's broad scope and integration of historical, philosophical and scientific matters will interest philosophers, sociologists and general historians, for whom there is no alternative introduction to the subject at this level.

Preface
Aspects of the development of the history of science
History of science
Objectives and justification
Elements of theory of history
Objectivity in history
Explanations
Hypothetical history
Structure and organization
Anachronical and diachronical history of science
Ideology and myths in the history of science
Sources
Evaluation of source materials
Scientists' histories
Experimental history of science
The biographical approach
Prosopography
Scientometric historiography
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521389211
ISBN-10: 0521389216
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 30th April 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34