Travelling Both Ways: The Adaptation of Disciplines, Scientific Textbooks and Institutions
The historiography of sciences, we have been informed, has been parasitic upon the sciences, and as a genre has been the most conservative of the genres of historical writing. 1 However, the externalities and internalities that the history of sciences is bent on identifying, shape the historiography of science itself; and the so called parasitic determinants may well belong to the domain of internalities. Returning to the theme of the present paper, I look at the system of colonial education in British India as a site for the ‘expansion of European science’ in non-Western contexts. Thus while post-colonial theory has since dispensed with and extensively critiqued the notion of ‘European science’, 2 the question of the localization of so-called Western science has been addressed from the perspective of the practitioners of scientific disciplines in research environments.