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An Introduction to the Historiography of ScienceThis book to the PDFEPUB #236 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 bet. 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 uite as ignorant Kragh's breadth of knowledge is phenomenal and he appears eually at home with scientific and historical issues As far as I can tell he's read absolutely everything relevant in both subjects It's hard to understand how he's found the timeThe book systematically describes the problems and methods involved in writing histories of science; some of it is rather dry but Kragh puts in enough good stories that I was never bored for than a couple of pages He is particularly good at exploding myths and showing you how difficult it is to be certain of anything in scientific history For example there is a nice segment on Einstein and the Michelson Morley experiment The way I first read the story I think in Asimov's The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science this discovery was what got the theory of relativity started after seven years of work Michelson and Morley found that the speed of light wasn't affected by the Earth's movement through space A key piece of evidence came from a speech that Einstein made in Michelson's honor on the one occasion they met in person But in the 50s Einstein wrote that he didn't even know about the Michelson Morley experiment until after he'd published his first relativity paper in 1905 So maybe he was just being polite when he gave the speech in front of Michelson There are people who have argued for this interpretation Kragh digs around some he finds earlier evidence where Einstein did say that he was aware of the experiment when he started working on relativity It seems that he'd forgotten this when he wrote his retrospective statement near the end of his life Another bit I liked concerned Galois the brilliant French mathematician who was killed in a duel at age 20 As everyone knows he was set up; the duel was supposedly over a woman but was really a political assassination He was sure he would be killed and spent the preceding night feverishly writing up what would later be known as Galois theory interspersing the mathematics with frantic complaints that I have no time Alas it turns out that none of this is true The duel was not over his mistress but was an unrelated private uarrel; he did spend the preceding night writing but it wasn't Galois theory just some rather mundane editing The most startling section though was about AD White's A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom which I read last year White spent 20 years writing it and it's highly respected At one point discussing the reaction to Copernicus White has the following passageWhile Lutheranism was thus condemning the theory of the earth's movement other branches of the Protestant Church did not remain behind Calvin took the lead in his Commentary on Genesis by condemning all who asserted that the earth is not the centre of the universe He clinched the matter by the usual reference to the first verse of the ninety third Psalm and asked 'Who will venture to place the authority of Copernicus above that of the Holy Spirit'This has been uoted by among others such prominent authorities as Bertrand Russell Will Durant JG Crowther and Thomas Kuhn Unfortunately painstaking research by Rosen and Hooykaas conclusively demonstrated that Calvin never said any such thingWhy is the history of science so appallingly full of this kind of sloppiness I still don't really know but Kragh's book at least leaves me feeling skeptical and hopefully a little less likely to believe the next outrageous claim I happen to read

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Lysis of historical Introduction to the Historiography of ePUB #8608 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 Introduction to the PDFEPUB #229 there is no alternative introduction to the subject at this level. This is by far the most boring book I have ever read Why are all these introductions supposed to be clashes between ideologies Surely there is another way to learn a subject Hopefully I will have reasons to add a star or two after finishing it some time

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