By P. Theerman,Karen Hunger Parshall

This quantity, honoring the well known historian of technology, Allen G Debus, explores principles of technological know-how - `experiences of nature' - from inside a historiographical culture that Debus has performed a lot to outline. As his paintings indicates, the sciences don't improve completely because of a revolutionary and inexorable common sense of discovery. a large choice of extra-scientific elements, deriving from altering highbrow contexts and differing social millieus, play an important roles within the total improvement of clinical concept. those essays symbolize case reviews in a vast variety of clinical settings - from sixteenth-century astronomy and drugs, via nineteenth-century biology and arithmetic, to the social sciences in the twentieth-century - that express the influence of either social settings and the cross-fertilization of principles at the formation of technological know-how. geared toward a basic viewers attracted to the historical past of technological know-how, this publication closes with Debus's own point of view at the improvement of the sector.
Audience: This e-book will attraction in particular to historians of technology, of chemistry, and of medicine.

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