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From Knowledge to Power : The Rise of the Science Empire in France, 1860-1939 - Harry W. Paul

From Knowledge to Power

The Rise of the Science Empire in France, 1860-1939

Hardcover Published: 29th November 1985
ISBN: 9780521265041
Number Of Pages: 426

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France has played a pivotal role in the development of modern science. Especially striking and controversial has been the way in which the state has organized scientific endeavor. After the 1880s reinvigorated university faculties played a key role in the growth of science in France, and many faculty scientists enjoyed close relations with industry, agriculture, the military, and politics. During the Third Republic the idea of governmental responsibility to support research became a dogma, due to the stimulus that science was perceived to give to the French economy. By 1939 a working mechanism of state funding for science, buttressed by a complex scientific ideology, had come into existence and provided the foundations for the development of a new structure of scientific research and education in the postwar era. From Knowledge to Power is the first full-scale treatment of this dramatic expansion of French science between 1860 and 1939.

From second empire to third republic: the great scentific mutation
Fata morgana: positivism in nineteenth-century French biology
Biology in the University: the success of marine biology leads but to paradigm lost
The industrial connection of University science
Science in agriculture: an increasing role in the new land of plenty
Science in the catholic universities
Scientific publication: the flood of monographs, books, and journals unleashed by the new research imperative in schools and societies
Science funding in the twentieth century: laying the foundations of the science empire
The denouement of the 1930s: a new scientific function for the state
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ISBN: 9780521265041
ISBN-10: 0521265045
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 29th November 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.73

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