Beyond history of science: essays in honor of Robert E. by Elizabeth Garber

By Elizabeth Garber

This assortment specializes in the highbrow improvement of the sciences, their relationships with expertise, and their position in tradition in most cases together with a proposed realignment of technological know-how, know-how, and paintings.

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No genre of history fell under more odium than that of biography. Belief in the priority of socially defined criteria necessarily destroys the importance of individual lives, especially in their peculiarities and eccentricities. Seeing the cognitive realm as derivative of social place, cultural values or political ideology undermines any concern with what makes an individual's contribution to the sciences or to technology critical or crucial. 9 However, studies of individuals are proving invaluable in probing the values, behavior, and social life in complex societies.

48-1984.  Schofield / edited by Elizabeth Garber.  cm. Includes bibliographical references.  Technology-Historiography.  Garber, Elizabeth. B49 1990 509-dc20 89-45365 CIP PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Page 5 CONTENTS Introduction Elizabeth Garber 7 To Robert E. Schofield: A Personal Tribute Melvin Kranzberg 21 List of Contributors 27 Part I: Biography Henry Cavendish on the Proper Method of Rectifying Abuses Russell McCormmach 35 Duhem on Gibbs Martin J. Klein 52 Life Span Developmental Psychology and the History of Science Michael M.

For example see William J. McNeil, "Myth-history, or Truth, Myth, History, and Historians," American Historical Review 91 (February 1986): 1-15. , in the footnotes at best. 3. For example, psychoanalytical biography presents the historian with the same problems of linking, say, creativity to psychoanalysis, whether the subject is a scientist such as Newton, or the artist Leonardo da Vinci. Marxist perspectives bring with them the same problems of the use of evidence whether "false consciousness" refers to natural philosophers of the seventeenth century or of industrial workers of nineteenth century France.

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