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Experiencing Nature : Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Allen G. Debus - Paul  Harold Theerman

Experiencing Nature

Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Allen G. Debus

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This volume, honoring the renowned historian of science, Allen G Debus, explores ideas of science - `experiences of nature' - from within a historiographical tradition that Debus has done much to define. As his work shows, the sciences do not develop exclusively as a result of a progressive and inexorable logic of discovery. A wide variety of extra-scientific factors, deriving from changing intellectual contexts and differing social millieus, play crucial roles in the overall development of scientific thought. These essays represent case studies in a broad range of scientific settings - from sixteenth-century astronomy and medicine, through nineteenth-century biology and mathematics, to the social sciences in the twentieth-century - that show the impact of both social settings and the cross-fertilization of ideas on the formation of science. Aimed at a general audience interested in the history of science, this book closes with Debus's personal perspective on the development of the field.
Audience: This book will appeal especially to historians of science, of chemistry, and of medicine.

Introduction
Acknowledgments
The Body Politic before and after the Scientific Revolutionp. 1
The Geometrical Kabbalahs of John Dee and Johannes Kepler: The Hebrew Tradition and the Mathematical Study of Naturep. 43
The Theological Foundations of Darwin's Theory of Evolutionp. 61
Chemistry through Invariant Theory? James Joseph Sylvester's Mathematization of the Atomic Theoryp. 81
Religion, Science, and the Public Imagination: The Restoration of Order in Early Modern Francep. 113
Dancing with Spiders: Tarantism in Early Modern Europep. 163
Nature and Culture in the Discourses of the Virtuosi of Francep. 193
Dionysius Lardner's American Tour: A Case Study in Antebellum American Interest in Science, Technology, and Naturep. 211
From the Sciences to History: A Personal and Intellectual Journeyp. 237
Selected Bibliographyp. 281
Notes on Contributorsp. 299
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780792344773
ISBN-10: 0792344774
Series: The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 30th April 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.42