Beyond borders : fresh perspectives in history of science
- Newcastle, UK : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2008.
- Physical description
- vii, 377 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -372) and index.
- Publisher's Summary
- How does scientific knowledge circulate? Does scientific communication shape the making of science? Is the making of science a national endeavour or does it have an international or transnational dimension? Are teaching and research equally relevant in this endeavour? How can history of science react to the challenges posed by the changing practices of science in historical context? "Beyond Borders" is a book generated at the heart of these fundamental questions.In the last decades, the history of science has attained a high degree of disciplinary maturity and sophistication. However, scholars have argued from different points of view for the existence of a fundamental disciplinary crisis. The discipline still lacks of a well-defined and consistent framework and its narrative fragmentation often forces historians of science to rely on old positivistic 'big pictures' in teaching and popularizing. At the same time, history of science (like many other areas in humanities, but differently from the sciences) has a pronounced local character afflicting its practice and its intellectual output. Last, but not least, disciplinary maturity has hindered to a certain extent the fruitful interaction with other areas of knowledge typical of its beginnings.Challenging this state of affairs is a major aim of this book, which argues for a resolute call for intellectual and methodological pluralism and internationalism. Through a broad diversity of subjects, periods, and geographies, covering from studies of sixteenth-century astrological texts to contextual analysis of twentieth-century X-ray spectroscopy, this collection of papers and historiographical essays offers a fresh overview of the field and its major questions. "Beyond Borders" revisits five major topics in history of science, namely the early modern map of knowledge, pedagogy and science, science popularization, science and the nation and the geography of scientific centres and peripheries. Engaging with a broad diversity of historiographical and methodological approaches in an international perspective, "Beyond Borders" is a rich and plural manifesto contributing to the reflective appraisal of history of science as a discipline.
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- Publication date
- edited by Josep Simon and Néstor Herran ; with Tayra Lanuza-Navarro, Pedro Ruiz-Castell and Ximo Guillem-Llobat.
- 9781847184832 (cloth)
- 1847184839 (cloth)