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Revolution in Science

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ISBN 9780674767782

Publication Date: 03/15/1987


732 pages


Belknap Press


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  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • I. Science and Revolution
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. The Stages of Revolutions in Science
    • 3. Evidence for the Occurrence of Revolutions in Science
  • II. Historical Perspective on ‘Revolution’ and ‘Revolution in Science’
    • 4. Transformations in the Concept of Revolution
    • 5. The Scientific Revolution: The First Recognition of Revolution in Science
    • 6. A Second Scientific Revolution and Others?
  • III. Scientific Revolutionaries of the Seventeenth Century
    • 7. The Copernican Revolution
    • 8. Kepler, Gilbert, and Galileo: A Revolution in the Physical Sciences?
    • 9. Bacon and Descartes
    • 10. The Newtonian Revolution
    • 11. Vesalius, Paracelsus, and Harvey: A Revolution in the Life Sciences?
  • IV. Changing Concepts of Revolution in the Eighteenth Century
    • 12. Transformations during the Enlightenment
    • 13. Eighteenth-Century Conceptions of Scientific Revolution
    • 14. Lavoisier and the Chemical Revolution
    • 15. Kant’s Alleged Copernican Revolution
    • 16. The Changing Language of Revolution in Germany
    • 17. The Industrial Revolution
  • V. Scientific Progress in the Nineteenth Century
    • 18. By Revolution or Evolution?
    • 19. The Darwinian Revolution
    • 20. Faraday, Maxwell, and Hertz
    • 21. Some Other Scientific Developments
    • 22. Three French Views: Saint-Simon, Comte, and Cournot
    • 23. The Influence of Marx and Engels
    • 24. The Freudian Revolution
  • VI. The Twentieth Century, Age of Revolutions
    • 25. The Scientists Speak
    • 26. The Historians Speak
    • 27. Relativity and Quantum Theory
    • 28. Einstein on Revolution in Science
    • 29. Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics: A Revolution in Earth Science
    • 30. Conclusion: Conversion as a Feature of Scientific Revolutions
  • Supplements
  • A Note on Citations and References
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 1986 Pfizer Award, History of Science Society

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