Article ID: CBB001551436

A Comparative Framework for Studying the Histories of the Humanities and Science (2015)


Bod, Rens (Author)

Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Volume: 106, no. 2
Issue: 2
Pages: 367-377

Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Part of a Series: The History of Humanities and the History of Science
Language: English

While the humanities and the sciences have a closely connected history, there are no general histories that bring the two fields together on an equal footing. This paper argues that there is a level at which some humanistic and scientific disciplines can be brought under a common denominator and compared. This is at the level of underlying methods, especially at the level of formalisms and rule systems used by different disciplines. The essay formally compares linguistics and computer science by noting that the same grammar formalism was used in the 1950s for describing both human and programming languages. Additionally, it examines the influence of philology on molecular biology, and vice versa, by recognizing that the tree-formalism and rule system used for text reconstruction was also employed in DNA genetics. It also shows that rule systems for source criticism in history are used in forensic science, evidence-based medicine, and jurisprudence. This paper thus opens up a new comparative approach within which the histories of the humanities and the sciences can be examined on a common level.

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Authors & Contributors
Feinstein, Noah W.
Numbers, Ronald L.
Schweber, Simone
Reese, William J
Hiebert, Erwin N.
García Albea, Esteban
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Physics in Perspective
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Women's Studies
Universidad de Alcalá
University of Chicago Press
Princeton University Press
University of Wisconsin at Madison
New York University
Purdue University Press
Arts and humanities
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Linguistics; philology
Science and culture
Discipline formation
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von
Jevons, William Stanley
Spengler, Oswald
Exner, Franz Serafin
Grimm, Jacob Ludwig Karl
Dilthey, Wilhelm
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
Early modern
17th century
Great Britain
United States
Harvard University
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

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