The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science

The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science

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Baker & Taylor
Offers 609 articles by more than two hundred scholars covering the history of science from the Renaissance to the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Book News
Presents over 600 interconnected articles linking the history of modern (Renaissance onward) science with its many applications in all arenas of society. A thematic listing of entries begins the volume and includes numerous subheadings within each of the following general headings: historiography of science; organization and diffusion of science; the body of scientific knowledge; apparatus and instruments; uses; and biographies. Guides for further reading accompany each entry and an appendix reviews scholarship in the field. Cross-referenced, with b&w illustrations throughout and an eight-page color section. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
This Companion presents the history of modern science for everyone interested in the technology, ideas, discoveries, and learned institutions that have shaped our world over the past five centuries. Focusing on the period from the Renaissance to the beginning of the twenty-first century, its 609 articles, by more than 200 scholars, cover the main scientific disciplines (for example, Biology, Mineralogy, Behaviorism), historical periods (Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution, World War II and Cold War), integrating concepts (Evolution, Space and Time, Ether), methodologies (Observation and Experiment, Hypothesis), and much more. Coverage is international. The Companion traces the spread of science from its traditional centers and explains how non-Western societies have modified or contributed to today's dominant global science (Latin America, Diffusion in the East). There are essays on institutions (Academy, Library, RAND), instruments (Astrolabe, Microscope), and the apparatus of big science (Accelerator, Satellite). The Companion gives considerable space to the interplay between science and the wider culture (Minority Groups, Science and Art, Contraception) and to biographies of figures chosen for the importance of their contributions and the interest of their careers.
The Companion's synopsis of contents, system of cross-referencing, and detailed index help and encourage readers to follow their interests along various threads from any starting point. Easy essay offers suggestions for further reading, which favor literature accessible to the general reader. A bibliographical essay provides an overview of the scholarship in the field, including both print and electronic sources, that will be useful to scholars and teachers as well as to the curious general reader. Enhanced with more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations and a eight-page color section, the Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science is an authoritative guide for anyone who wants to know where science is in society and how it got there.

Oxford University Press
Containing 609 encyclopedic articles written by more than 200 prominent scholars, The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science presents an unparalleled history of the field invaluable to anyone with an interest in the technology, ideas, discoveries, and learned institutions that have shaped our world over the past five centuries.
Focusing on the period from the Renaissance to the early twenty-first century, the articles cover all disciplines (Biology, Alchemy, Behaviorism), historical periods (the Scientific Revolution, World War II, the Cold War), concepts (Hypothesis, Space and Time, Ether), and methodologies and philosophies (Observation and Experiment, Darwinism). Coverage is international, tracing the spread of science from its traditional centers and explaining how the prevailing knowledge of non-Western societies has modified or contributed to the dominant global science as it is currently understood. Revealing the interplay between science and the wider culture, the Companion includes entries on topics such as minority groups, art, religion, and science's practical applications. One hundred biographies of the most iconic historic figures, chosen for their contributions to science and the interest of their lives, are also included. Above all The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science is a companion to world history: modern in coverage, generous in breadth, and cosmopolitan in scope.
The volume's utility is enhanced by a thematic outline of the entire contents, a thorough system of cross-referencing, and a detailed index that enables the reader to follow a specific line of inquiry along various threads from multiple starting points. Each essay has numerous suggestions for further reading, all of which favor literature that is accessible to the general reader, and a bibliographical essay provides a general overview of the scholarship in the field. Lastly, as a contribution to the visual appeal of the Companion, over 100 black-and-white illustrations and an eight-page color section capture the eye and spark the imagination.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780195112290
0195112296
Branch Call Number: 509 OXF REF
509 OXF
Characteristics: xxviii, 941 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Heilbron, J. L.
Alternative Title: History of modern science

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