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Science and Beliefs : From Natural Philosophy to Natural Science, 1700-1900 - Matthew D. Eddy

Science and Beliefs

From Natural Philosophy to Natural Science, 1700-1900

Hardcover Published: 11th July 2005
ISBN: 9780754639961
Number Of Pages: 286

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The years between 1700 and 1900 witnessed a fundamental transition in attitudes towards science, as earlier concepts of natural philosophy were replaced with a more modern conception of science. This process was by no means a simple progression, and the changing attitudes to science was marked by bitter arguments and fundamental differences of opinion, many of which are still not entirely resolved today. Approaching the subject from a number of cultural angles, the essays in this volume explore the fluid relationship between science and belief during this crucial period, and help to trace the development of science as an independent field of study that did not look to religion to provide answers to the workings of the universe. Taking a broadly chronological approach, each essay in this book addresses a theme that helps illuminate these concerns and highlights how beliefs - both religious and secular - have impinged and influenced the scientific world. By addressing such key issues such as the ongoing debate between Christian fundamentalists and followers of Darwin, and the rise of 'respectable atheism', fascinating insights are provided that help to chart the ever-shifting discourse of science and beliefs.

'As a whole, this collection of essays gives interesting insight into the current state of studies in 'Science and Religion'.' Nuncius 'It was a pleasure to read this book.' Ambix

Introduction: Science and beliefs
Beliefs Within Science
The metaphysics of science in the Romantic era
Rearranging 17th-century natural history into natural philosophy: 18th-century editions of Boyle's works
Boundary work: 'national quarrels and party factions' in 18th-century British botany
Sociability, utility and curiosity in the Spalding Gentlemen's Society, 1710-60
Set in stone: medicine and the vocabulary of the earth in 18th-century Scotland
Scientific servicemen in the Royal Navy and the professionalisation of science, 1816-55
Expertise and Christianity: high standards versus the free market in popular publishing
Beliefs Underlying Science
Darwinian 'becoming' and early 19th-century historiography: the cases
Charles Darwin: a Christian undermining Christianity?
Michael Faraday meets the 'high-priestess of God's works': a romance on the theme of science and religion
An 'open clash between Science and the Church'?
Wilberforce, Huxley and Hooker on Darwin at the British Association, Oxford, 1860
The invention of altruism
August Comte's Positive Polity and respectable unbelief in Victorian Britain
The radiometer and its lessons
William Carpenter versus William Crookes
From science to the popularisation of science: the career of J. Arthur Thomson
Index
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ISBN: 9780754639961
ISBN-10: 0754639967
Series: Science, Technology, and Culture, 1700-1945
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 11th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Type: New edition

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