Transformation and Tradition in the Sciences: Essays in Honour of I Bernard Cohen

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Everett Mendelsohn
Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2003 - Science - 592 pages
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Transformation and Tradition in the Sciences presents a sampling of work in the history of science by colleagues and former students and associates of I. Bernard Cohen, one of the most influential figures in the rise of the history of science as a scholarly discipline. The volume is divided into four parts: the history and philosophy of the exact sciences and mathematics; the eighteenth-century tradition; science in America; and scientific ideas in their cultural context. These major themes, each of which has been a subject of study by Professor Cohen, will interest a range of historians interested in the development of science and the history of ideas.
 

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Contents

Compounding ratios Bradwardine Oresme and the first edition of Newtons Principia
11
Atomism and motion in the fourteenth century
45
Something old something new Something borrowed something blue in Copernicus Galileo and Newton
67
Conceptual revolutions and the history of mathematics two studies in the growth of knowledge
81
Cauchy and Bolzano tradition and transformation in the history of mathematics
105
Idolatry automorphic functions and conceptual change Reflections on the historiography of nineteenthcentury mathematics
125
The Andalusian revolt against Ptolemaic astronomy Averroes and alBirujl
133
Success sanctifies the means Heisenberg Oppenheimer and the transition to modern physics
155
Creating form out of mass The development of the medical record
303
Frankenstein at Harvard The public politics of recombinant DNA research
317
William Ferrel and American science in the centennial years
337
The American occupation and the Science Council of Japan
353
The worm in the core Science and general education
371
The prehistory of an academic discipline The study of the history of science in the United States 18911941
395
Scientific ideas in their cultural context
421
Aristotle Plato and Gemisthos
423

Einsteins image of himself as a philosopher of science
175
The eighteenthcentury tradition
191
The Paracelians in eighteenthcentury France A Renaissance tradition in the Age of the Enlightenment
193
Inventing demography Montyon on hygiene and the state
215
Joseph Priestley eighteenthcentury British Neoplatonism and S T Coleridge
237
Enlightenment views on the genetic perfectibility of man
255
Anatomia animata The Newtonian physiology of Albrecht von Haller
273
Science in America
301
Aristophanes and the antiscientific tradition
441
Carl Voit and the quantitative tradition in biology
455
Ideological factors in the dissemination of Darwinism in England 18601900
471
Transformations in realist philosophy of science from Victorian Baconianism to the present day
487
Science and the city before the nineteenth century
513
Why the Scientific Revolution did not take place in China or didnt it?
531
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