© 1997

Experiencing Nature

Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Allen G. Debus

  • Paul H. Theerman
  • Karen Hunger Parshall

Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 58)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Experiencing Nature in Intellectual Contexts

  3. Experiencing Nature in Social Contexts

  4. Establishing an Historiographical Tradition

    1. Allen G. Debus
      Pages 281-297
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 299-312

About this book


This volume, honoring the renowned historian of science, Allen G Debus, explores ideas of science - `experiences of nature' - from within a historiographical tradition that Debus has done much to define. As his work shows, the sciences do not develop exclusively as a result of a progressive and inexorable logic of discovery. A wide variety of extra-scientific factors, deriving from changing intellectual contexts and differing social millieus, play crucial roles in the overall development of scientific thought. These essays represent case studies in a broad range of scientific settings - from sixteenth-century astronomy and medicine, through nineteenth-century biology and mathematics, to the social sciences in the twentieth-century - that show the impact of both social settings and the cross-fertilization of ideas on the formation of science. Aimed at a general audience interested in the history of science, this book closes with Debus's personal perspective on the development of the field.
Audience: This book will appeal especially to historians of science, of chemistry, and of medicine.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul H. Theerman
    • 1
  • Karen Hunger Parshall
    • 2
  1. 1.Smithsonian InstitutionUSA
  2. 2.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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