Styles of Knowing: A New History of Science from Ancient Times to the Present

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University of Pittsburgh Pre, Jun 26, 2011 - Science - 376 pages
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Now available in English, Styles of Knowing explores the development of various scientific reasoning processes in cultural-historical context. Influenced by historian Alistair Crombie’s Styles of Scientific Thinking in the European Tradition, Chunglin Kwa organizes his book according to six distinct styles: deductive, experimental, analytical-hypothetical, taxonomic, statistical, and evolutionary. Instead of featuring individual scientific disciplines in different chapters, each chapter explains the historical applications of each style’s unique criterion for good science. Kwa shows also how styles have influenced each other and transformed over time. In a chapter written especially for American audiences, Kwa examines how changes in engineering and technology during the twentieth century affected the balance among the various styles of science.
      Based on extensive research in Greek and Latin primary sources and numerous modern secondary sources, Kwa demonstrates the heterogeneous nature of scientific discovery. This accessible and innovative introduction to scientific change provides a foundational history for the classroom, historians, and nonspecialists.

 

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Contents

IntrodctionChapter1
1
Chapter2
12
Chapter3
27
Chapter4
46
Chapter5
72
Chapter6
92
Chapter7
134
Chapter8
165
Chapter9
196
Chapter10
221
Chapter11
252
Notes
277
Bibliography
329
Index
355
Back Cover
367
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About the author (2011)

Chunglin Kwa is lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He teaches courses in history of science, philosophy of science, and on sustainable development in relation to the environmental sciences.  He served as editor of EASST Review from 1991 to 2006.

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