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Australian Science in the Making - Roderick Weir Home

Australian Science in the Making

By: Roderick Weir Home (Editor)

Paperback Published: 4th February 1991
ISBN: 9780521396400
Number Of Pages: 444

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In this volume the Australian Academy of Science celebrates and assesses two centuries of Australian science. Authors with different fields of interest present a group of general surveys and case studies on the development of scientific understanding and research. Topics cover major historical phases in the development of Australian science, ranging from traditional Aboriginal conceptions of the workings of nature to the directions and priorities of the present day. Among issues the book addresses are the place of science in a colonial society, the relationship between science in isolated Australia and elsewhere, particularly Britain, the impact of war on the Australian scientific community and the shaping of contemporary scientific institutions, including their relationship to the industrial sector. The book is noteworthy for its broad coverage and confirms the place of science in Australia's cultural and institutional history. Australian Science in the Making is likely to become the central point of reference on the development and nature of Australian science and a starting point for future study and understanding.

'The book itself is a handsome and high quality production, combining some of the bulk and sheen of the coffee table volume with the compendious footnotes of the doctoral dissertation ... a book to savour.' Australian Book Review 'The (text) concentrates a usable reference to the memorable moments and characters involved in the colourful history of Australia's participation in the scientific world.' The Canberra Times

Introduction
Early Days
Aboriginal conceptions of the workings of nature
Philosophical travellers at the ends of the earth: Baudin, Peron and the Tasmanians
Cultural transmission: science and society to 1850
The long arm of London: Sir Roderick Murchison and imperial science in Australia
Support for the scientific enterprise, 1850-1900
Baron von Mueller: protege turned patron
Gorilla warfare in Melbourne: Halford, Huxley and 'Man's place in nature'
'Sweetness and light': industrial research in the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, 1855-1900G. BindonBindon, G.D. P. MillerMiller, D. P.lPart III
Cancer, physics and society: interactions between the wars
Science on service, 1939-1945
Plant introduction in Australia
Research in the medical sciences: the road to national independence
Early years of Australian radio astronomy
Australian astronomy since the Second World War
The shaping of contemporary scientific institutions
Index
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ISBN: 9780521396400
ISBN-10: 0521396409
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 4th February 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.79