Article ID: CBB001210472

Josiah Parsons Cooke Jr.: Epistemology in the Service of Science, Pedagogy, and Natural Theology (2011)

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Josiah Parsons Cooke established chemistry education at Harvard University, initiated an atomic weight research program, and broadly impacted American chemical education through his students, the introduction of laboratory instruction, textbooks, and influence on Harvard's admissions requirements. The devoutly Unitarian Cooke also articulated and defended a biogeochemical natural theology, which he defended by arguing for commonalities between the epistemologies of science and religion. Cooke's pre-Mendeleev classification scheme for the elements and atomic weight research were motivated by his interest in numerical order in nature, which reflected his belief in a divine lawgiver.

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Authors & Contributors
Song, Jinwoong
Markus Emden
Waltenspül, Sarine
Mainz, Vera V.
Børsen, Tom
Schulze, Mario
Journals
Science and Education
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Jewish History
Publishers
World Scientific Publishing Company
SHiPS Education Press
Springer International Publishing
Walden University
Springer
Hermann
Concepts
Science education and teaching
Chemistry
Teaching; pedagogy
Biographies
Science and religion
Epistemology
People
Liebig, Justus von
Cooke, Josiah Parsons, Jr.
Smith, Edgar Fahs
Wurtz, Charles Adolphe
Wakefield, Priscilla
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Time Periods
19th century
21st century
20th century
Medieval
20th century, early
18th century
Places
Great Britain
United States
France
India
Institutions
Royal Society of London
University of Pennsylvania
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Harvard University
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