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Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History

Nature Engaged

Science in Practice from the Renaissance to the Present

Editors: Biagioli, M., Riskin, J. (Eds.)

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This volume gathers essays that focus on the worldliness of science, its inseparable engagement in the major institutional bases of social life: law, market, church, school, and nation. With a chronological span reaching from the Renaissance to Big Science, its topics range from sundials to genetic sequences, from calculating instruments to devices that simulate human behavior, from early cartography to techniques for tracing radioactive fallout on a global scale. The book aims to show readers, with episodes drawn from the span of their modern history, the sciences in action throughout human society.

About the authors

MARIO BIAGIOLO is Distinguished Professor of STS, Law, and History at the University of California at Davis, USA.
JESSICA RISKIN is an Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, USA.

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'The nature/nurture dichotomy has lost its grip in biology. So too, in the new history of science on display in this volume, science and culture no longer struggle against one another. Mutually entangled, they are also mutually enriching and constantly throw up surprises, from the boiling point of water to the meaning of a sundial to the legal status of a gene.' - M. Norton Wise, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

'In this remarkable assembly of essays, the authors take some of the oldest topics in the history of science (priority, experiments, devices, international meetings, for example) and rewrite them in a strikingly new register. Thoroughly historical, engagingly written, these inquiries show us how patents rewrite the very idea of innovation, how mechanisms alter philosophy, how biblical chronology engages astronomy. In the range and depth of their vision of history of science in a world of war, industry, and the academy, the book is a fine tribute to John Heilbron's illustrious career in history of science; at the same time, Nature Engaged stands on its own as a delightful glimpse of some of the best work we have.' - Peter L. Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor and Director, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Hardvard University, USA


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: A Mingled Yarn

    Pages 1-15

    Riskin, Jessica

  • Scientific Conventions: International Assemblies and Technical Standards from the Republic of Letters to Global Science

    Pages 19-39

    Alder, Ken

  • Practicing Eighteenth-Century Science Today

    Pages 41-58

    Chang, Hasok

  • The Textbook Case of a Priority Dispute: D. I. Mendeleev, Lothar Meyer, and the Periodic System

    Pages 59-82

    Gordin, Michael D.

  • Complex Systems and Total War: British Operational Research and the PM Statistical Branch at the Beginning of World War II

    Pages 83-100

    Pestre, Dominique

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nature Engaged
Book Subtitle
Science in Practice from the Renaissance to the Present
Editors
  • M. Biagioli
  • J. Riskin
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Mario Biagioli and Jessica Riskin
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33802-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230338029
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10276-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28717-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 301
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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