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In Europe (2020)


As the History of Science Society, which is based in America, holds its annual meeting in Utrecht, one of the key academic centers on the European continent, one may surmise that the field has returned home. Yet, this hardly reflects how today’s world of scholarship is constituted: in the historiography of science, “provincializing Europe” has become an important theme, while the field itself, as is the case across the world of academia, is centered around a predominantly American literature. At the same time, ever since historians of science emancipated themselves from the sciences a long time ago, they often have appeared, in the public eye, to question rather than to seek to bolster the authority of the sciences. How has this situation come about, and what does it tell us about the world we live in today? What insight is sought and what public benefit is gained by the historical study of science? As we try to answer these questions, we will follow a number of key mid-twentieth-century historians—Eduard Dijksterhuis, Thomas Kuhn, and Martin Klein—in their Atlantic crossings. Their answers to debates on the constitution of the early modern scientific revolution or the novelty of the work of Max Planck will illustrate how notions of “center” and “periphery” have shifted—and what that may tell us about being “in Europe” today.

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Authors & Contributors
Sheldon, Myrna Perez
Andrietti, Francesco
Beretta, Marco
Boudia, Soraya
Bud, Robert
Feichtinger, Johannes
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
British Journal for the History of Science
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Franco Angeli
Springer International Publishing
History of science, as a discipline
Historical method
Cross-national interaction
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Neu, John
Sarton, George
Tamamushi, Bun-Ichi
Whitrow, Magda
Wilson, Thomas
Williamson, Joseph (1828-1902)
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
17th century
Early modern
16th century
Great Britain
History of Science Society

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