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History of Science in Societyby Andrew Ede
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A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility is a concise overview that introduces complex ideas in a non-technical fashion without sacrificing the sophistication and richness of the subject.
Andrew Ede and Lesley B. Cormack trace the history of science through its continually changing place in society and explore the link between the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to make that knowledge useful.
Along the way, they discuss the specifics of scientific investigation and discovery. Beginning with a small group of philosophers in ancient Greece and ending with nano-technology, A History of Science in Society covers a vast sweep of time and subject matter. Among the many topics discussed are issues such as intellectual competition, gender and class, the economic exploitation of knowledge, and changing ideas about the environment and our relationship to it. Also included are more than 50 illustrations.
Book News Annotation:
Written by two professors at the University of Alberta, this textbook recounts the historical processes that shaped the study of nature, examines the tension between the philosophical pursuit of knowledge and the desire to make that knowledge useful, and relates scientific work to the society in which it took place. Separate chapters describe Greek and Roman civilization, the Renaissance, the scientific revolution, the Enlightenment, the atomic age, and the era of space flight.
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"A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility" is a concise overview that introduces complex ideas in a non-technical fashion without sacrificing the sophistication and richness of the subject.
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