© 2001

Science, History and Social Activism

A Tribute to Everett Mendelsohn

  • Garland E. Allen
  • Roy M. MacLeod

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 228)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Garland E. Allen, Roy MacLeod
      Pages 1-20
  3. Historical Studies in the Life Sciences and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Jane Maienschein
      Pages 23-36
    3. Shirley A. Roe
      Pages 37-59
    4. Raphael Falk
      Pages 77-86
  4. Perspectives on the Social Studies of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Peter Buck
      Pages 137-151
    3. Jean-Jacques Salomon
      Pages 153-166
    4. Peter Weingart
      Pages 167-184
  5. Science, Society and the Social Responsibility of Scientists

About this book


"To earn a degree, every doctoral candidate should go out to Harvard Square, find an audience, and explain his [or her] dissertation". Everett Mendelsohn's worldly advice to successive generations of students, whether apocryphal or real, has for over forty years spoken both to the essence of his scholarship, and to the role of the scholar. Possibly no one has done more to establish the history of the life sciences as a recognized university discipline in the United States, and to inspire a critical concern for the ways in which science and technology operate as central features of Western society. This book is both an act of homage and of commemoration to Professor Mendelsohn on his 70th birthday. As befits its subject, the work it presents is original, comparative, wide-ranging, and new. Since 1960, Everett Mendelsohn has been identified with Harvard Univer­ sity, and with its Department of the History of Science. Those that know him as a teacher, will also know him as a scholar. In 1968, he began- and after 30 years, has just bequeathed to others - the editorship of the Journal of the History of Biology, among the earliest and one of the most important publications in its field. At the same time, he has been a pioneer in the social history and sociology of science. He has formed particularly close working relationships with colleagues in Sweden and Germany - as witnessed by his editorial presence in the Sociology of Science Yearbook.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Garland E. Allen
    • 1
  • Roy M. MacLeod
    • 2
  1. 1.Washington UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.University of SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Science, History and Social Activism
  • Book Subtitle A Tribute to Everett Mendelsohn
  • Editors Garland E. Allen
    Roy M. MacLeod
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0495-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5968-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-2956-7
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 399
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History, general
    Philosophy of Biology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

"Mendelsohn’s work has been multifaceted. … He has made fascinating and path-breaking contributions in the fields of history of biology, genetics and the atomic scientists movement, to name a few. … The series of essays contained here mirrors this extraordinary achievement. Wide-ranging, analytically stimulating and reflective, they demonstrate Mendelsohn’s effect and legacy. … This volume, and Mendelsohn’s example more broadly, offer a future for the historian of science as a humanistic, socially responsible actor on the historical stage." (C. A. J. Chilvers, British Journal of History Science, 2005)