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Defining Science : William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain - Richard R. Yeo

Defining Science

William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain

By: Richard R. Yeo, Quentin Skinner (Editor), Lorraine Daston (Editor), Dorothy Ross (Editor), James Tully (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th January 2012
ISBN: 9780521431828
Number Of Pages: 298

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This book deals with debates about science - its history, philosophy and moral value - in the first half of the nineteenth century, a period in which the 'modern' features of science developed. Defining Science also examines the different forms or genres in which science was discussed in the public sphere - most crucially in the Victorian review journals, but also in biographical, historical and educational works. William Whewell wrote major works on the history and philosophy of science before these became technical subjects. Consequently he had to define his own role as a metascientific critic (in a manner akin to cultural critics like Coleridge and Carlyle) as well as seeking to define science for both expert and lay audiences.

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'... a thoughtful discussion of the emergence of science as a major factor in the definition of Victorian civilisation.' Metascience '... at once a seminal vocational biography of the most prominent Victorian metascientist, and a penetrating study of the complex debate about the nature of science in nineteenth century Britain. It is a book no student of Victorian intellectual history can afford to ignore.' Isis

Science and the public sphere
Metascience as a vocation
Reviewing science
Moral scientists
Using history
Moral science
Science, education and society
The unity of science
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ISBN: 9780521431828
ISBN-10: 0521431824
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 13th January 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.98  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.54