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Science and Polity in France : The End of the Old Regime - Charles Coulston Gillispie

Science and Polity in France

The End of the Old Regime

Paperback Published: 26th July 2004
ISBN: 9780691118499
Number Of Pages: 616

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By the end of the eighteenth century, the French dominated the world of science. And although science and politics had little to do with each other directly, there were increasingly frequent intersections. This is a study of those transactions between science and state, knowledge and power--on the eve of the French Revolution. Charles Gillispie explores how the links between science and polity in France were related to governmental reform, modernization of the economy, and professionalization of science and engineering.

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Winner of the Pfizer Award,History of Science Society "[A] learned and absorbing book... In both conception and execution, it is a work on the grand scale."--Nature "This is an authoritative book by one of our leading historians of science... Written in a stately style and rich in archival and documentary evidence, it will be a source of pleasure and profit to students of French science for many years to come."--Science "An enormously elaborate interweaving of many threads of detail, political, scientific, personal... Its expression is fluent and vivid. It is a very scholarly book, but it is no arid presentation of past events, it is alive... This is history as it is rarely written, and the book is wonderful."--Quarterly Review of Biology

FrontMatter, pg. iContents, pg. viiPreface, pg. ixA Note on the Citations, pg. xiChapter I. The State And Science, pg. 3Chapter II. Science and the State, pg. 74Chapter III. Science and Medicine, pg. 187CHAPTER IV. Scientists and Charlatans, pg. 257CHAPTER V. Trades and Agriculture, pg. 335CHAPTER VI. Industry and Invention, pg. 388CHAPTER VII. Engineering, Civil and Military, pg. 479Conclusion, pg. 549Bibliography, pg. 553Index, pg. 579

ISBN: 9780691118499
ISBN-10: 0691118493
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 616
Published: 26th July 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.85