THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF SCIENCE
Vol 4: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY SCIENCE

Edited by RAY PORTER
942pp 40 ILLUS 2003 LIST PRICE: £134.00 N096

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This volume offers the fullest and most complete survey of the development of science in the eighteenth century, exploring the implications of the 'scientific revolution' of the previous century and the major new growth-points, particularly in the experimental sciences. While the primary focus is on western science, space is also given to science in traditional cultures and colonial science. The coverage strikes a balance between analysis of the cognitive dimension of science itself and interpretation of its wider social, economic and cultural significance. The book addresses science in society, the scientific disciplines, special themes such as scientific illustration and voyages of discovery, and the ramifications and impacts of science on religion, culture, philosophy, commerce and technology.
[A] rich collection of material . . . TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT