Leviathan and the Air-pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life : Including a Translation of Thomas Hobbes, Dialogus Physicus de Natura Aeris by Simon Schaffer

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University Presses of California, Columbia, & Princeton Limited, 1985 - Science - 440 pages
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". . . Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer have ventured beyond ordinary history of science or history of ideas to produce a novel "exercise in the sociology of scientific knowledge.' . . . a historical study rich in new interpretations and notable for the use of sources of a kind not hitherto fully exploited by scholars".--Clive Holmes, American Historical Review "Shapin and Schaffer work out the implications of these debates [between Hobbes and Boyle] for the history of science with great skill of interpretation and exposition. They use their findings and their analysis to give an explanation of the experimental enterprise in general, which, although it is not philosophical in nature, always takes philosophy most seriously. This is simply one of the most original, enjoyable and important books published in the history of science in recent years".--Owen Hannaway, Technology and Culture "If any proof of the intellectual buoyancy or intrinsic worth of the history and philosophy for science was needed, nothing better could be provided than this study by Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer. . . . Their findings suggest the futility of wrenching science from its ideological context, and not only with respect to the seventeenth century; they also detect parallels with the crisis of confidence affecting contemporary science".--Charles Webster, The Times Literary Supplement

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Review: Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life

User Review  - mpacer - Goodreads

So the three stars here is deceptive. What I really need are two separate ratings, one of which would get 1 star, the other of which would get 5 stars. Lets begin with the whining. The book is ... Read full review

Review: Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life

User Review  - Brent Ranalli - Goodreads

Marred by a writing style that is opaque, so I can't recommend it for the general reader. But a truly profound and important book. If a non-specialist wants to know what Shapin is all about, I'd recommend starting with A Social History of Truth. Read full review

About the author (1985)

Shapin is professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

Schaffer is Reader in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

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