History of Science Reading Lists

2003-2004

Early Modern Science

Alder, Ken, Engineering the Revolution (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997)

Alexander, Amir, Geometrical Landscapes: The Voyages of Discovery and the Transformation of Mathematical Practice (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2002)

Appleby, Joyce, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth about History (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1994)

Biagioli, Mario, Galileo Courtier (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993)

Brooke, John Hedley, Margaret J. Osler, and Jitse M. van der Meer, eds, Science in Theistic Contexts, Osiris, vol. 16 2001, essays by Brooke, Wystra, Ragep, Barker & Goldstein, Finocchiaro, Cook, Osler, Snobelen.

Burtt, E.A., The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1980) (reprint)

Campbell, Mary Baine, Wonder and Science. Imagining Worlds in Early Modern Europe (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999)

Clark, Stuart, Thinking With Demons: The Idea of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997) Part 2: Science

Clark, William, Jan Golinski, and Simon Schaffer, eds. The Sciences in Enlightened Europe (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999

Cohen, I. Bernard and George E. Smith, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Newton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Daston, Lorraine and Katherine Park, Wonders and the Order of Nature (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1998)

Dear, Peter, Discipline and Experience (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995)

Dobbs, B.J.T., The Janus Face of Genius: The Role of Alchemy in Newton's Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Gaukroger, Stephen, Descartes: An Intellectual Biography (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1995)

Golinski, Jan, Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

Jacob, J.R., The Scientific Revolution (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1998)

Jacob, Margaret, Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Kitcher, Philip, The Advancement of Science: Science without Legend, Objectivity without Illusions (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993)

Lindberg, David C. and Robert S. Westman, eds. Reappraisals of the Scientific Revolution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Livingstone, David N., Putting Science in its Place: Geographies of Scientific Knowledge (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003)

Martin, Julian, Francis Bacon, The State and the Reform of Natural Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

McMullin, Ernan, Newton on Matter and Activity (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 1978)

Osler, Margaret J., ed. Rethinking the Scientific Revolution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Newman, William R. and Lawrence Principe, Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chyymistry (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002)

Redondi, Pietro, Galileo Heretic (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987)

Ruestow, Edward G., Physics at 17th and 18th Century Leiden (Nijhoff, 1973) chapter 7 only.

Shapin, Steven, The Scientific Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 1996)

Shapin, Steven and Simon Schaffer, Leviathan and the Air Pump (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985)

Smith, Pamela, The Business of Alchemy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994)

Spary, Emma, French Natural History from Old Regime to Revolution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000)

Stroup, Alice, A Company of Scientists: Botany, Patronage, and Community at the Seventeenth-Century Parisian Royal Academy of Sciences (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990)

Terrall, Mary, The Man who Flattened the Earth. Maupertuis (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003)

Wilson, Catherine, The Invisible World. Early Modern Philosophy and the Invention of the Microscope (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995)

Schiebinger, Londa, The Mind has No Sex?. Women in the Origins of Modern Science (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989)

Western Science and Technology, 1750-Present

Alder, Ken, The Measure of All Things (New York: Free Press, 2002)

Alder, Ken, Engineering the Revolution (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997)

Appel, Toby A., The Cuvier-Geoffroy Debate: French Biology in the Decades before Darwin (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987)

Berg, Maxine, The Machinery Question and the Making of Political Economy, 1815-1848 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1980)

Brose, Eric Dorn, The Politics of Technological Change in Prussia: Out of the Shadow of Antiquity, 1809-1848 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993)

Browne, Janet, Charles Darwin: a Biography, 2 vols (New York: Knopf, 1995 & 2002).

Cahan, David (ed.), Hermann von Helmholtz and the Foundations of Nineteenth Century Science (Berkeley: UC Press, 1993)

Cassidy, David C., Uncertainty: The Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg (New York: Freeman, 1992)

Clark, William, Jan Golinski, and Simon Schaffer, eds., The Sciences in Enlightened Europe (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999)

Danziger, Kurt, Constructing the Subject (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Desmond, Adrian, The Politics of Evolution (Chicago: University Chicago Press, 1989)

Desrosiéres, Alain, The Politics of Large Numbers: A History of Statistical Reasoning (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998)

Galison, Peter, Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps: Empires of Time (New York: Norton, 2003)

Galison, Peter, Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997)

Geison, Gerald, The Private Science of Louis Pasteur (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995)

Gillispie, Charles, Science and Polity in France at the End of the Old Regime (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980)

Hacking, Ian, The Taming of Chance (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Haraway, Donna, Primate Visions (New York: Routledge, 1989)

Harrington, Anne, Reenchanted Science (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996)

Golinski, Jan, Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

Jacob, Margaret C., Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Jardine, N., J.A. Secord, and E.C. Spary, Cultures of Natural History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Josephson, Paul R., Physics and Politics in Revolutionary Russia (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991)

Jungnickel, Christa, and Russell McCormmach, Intellectual Mastery of Nature: Theoretical Physics from Ohm to Einstein, 2 vols (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987)

Koerner, Lisbet, Linnaeus: Nature and Nation (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999)

Kohler, Robert E., The Lords of the Fly: Drosophila Genetics and the Experimental Life (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994)

Poirier, Jean-Pierre, Lavoisier: Chemist, Biologist, Economist (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996)

Porter, Theodore M., Karl Pearson: The Scientific Life in a Statistical Age (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004)

Porter, Theodore M., Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995)

Porter, Theodore M. and Dorothy Ross, eds., The Cambridge History of Science, volume 7: Modern Social Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Rudwick, Martin, Georges Cuvier, Fossil Bones, and Geological Catastrophes : New Translations & Interpretations of the Primary Texts (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997)

Secord, James, Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000)

Smith, Crosbie, and M. Norton Wise, Energy and Empire (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989)

Spary, Emma, Utopia's Garden: French Natural History from Old Regime to Revolution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000)

Stocking, George, Victorian Anthropology (New York: Free Press 1987)

Terrall, Mary, The Man Who Flatttened the Earth: Maupertuis and the Sciences in the Enlightenment (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002)

Walker, Mark, German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power, 1939-1949 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989)

Warwick, Andrew, Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the Rise of Mathematical Physics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003)

Weiner, Dora, The Citizen-Patient in Revolutionary and Imperial Paris (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993)

Winter, Alison, Mesmerized (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1998)

Wise, M. Norton, The Values of Precision (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995)

 

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