An Introduction to the Historiography of Science

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 24, 1989 - Science - 244 pages
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This book introduces the methodological and philosophical problems with which modern history of science is concerned, offering a comprehensive and critical review through description and evaluation of significant historiographical viewpoints. Incorporating discussion of key problems in general historical writing, with examples drawn from a range of disciplines, this non-elementary introduction bridges the gap between general history and history of science. Following a review of the early development of the history of science, the theory of history as applied to science history is introduced, examining the basic problems which this generates, including problems of periodisation, ideological functions, and the conflict between diachronical and anachronical historiography. Finally, the book considers the critical use, and analysis, of historical sources, and the possibility of the experiemental reconstruction of history. Aimed primarily at students, the book's broad scope and integration of historical, philosophical and scientific matters will interest philosophers, sociologists and general historians, for whom there is no alternative introduction to the subject at this level.

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This is the fourth book I have read by Helge Kragh, and as usual it is extremely impressive. I know hardly anyone who makes me feel quite as ignorant: Kragh's breadth of knowledge is phenomenal, and ... Read full review

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Professor Helge S. Kragh
History of Science Department, University of Aarhus, Denmark. 1988-90, Associate Professor (Physics, History of Science) at Cornell University, NY, USA.
1994-97, Professor of History of Science, University of Oslo, Norway.
1997 onwards Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

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