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Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 1, Paper and Printing

Part one of the fifth volume of Joseph Needham’s great enterprise is written by one of the project’s collaborators. Professor Tsien Tsuen-Hsuin, working in regular consultation with Dr Needham, has written the most comprehensive account of every aspect of paper and printing in China to be published in the West. From a close study of…

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Science in the Twentieth Century

The history of science in the twentieth century is one of the most exciting fields currently being developed. This substantial and authoritative volume, demonstrates both incisive and well researched writing and the formidable accomplishments of science itself. The reader will understand how new organizations and enormously increased funding, refined laboratory procedures, new technology and warfare…

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Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

Reviews fads, hoaxes, and cults propagated under the guise of being scientifically founded and proven

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Science of Science and Reflexivity

This book is based on the last course of lectures that Pierre Bourdieu delivered at the College de France. In it he presents a highly illuminating ‘Sketch for a self-analysis’, applying his theories to himself to show how his social origins and educational capital influenced his academic trajectory and the course of his thinking. It…

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Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 4, Physics and Physical Technology, Part 3, Civil Engineering and Nautics

As Dr Needham’s immense undertaking gathers momentum it has been found necessary to subdivide volumes into parts, each bound and published separately. The first two parts of Volume IV deal respectively with the physical sciences and with the diverse applications of physics in the many branches of mechanical engineering. The third deals with civil and…

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Bats, A World of Science and Mystery

There are more than 1,300 species of bats—or almost a quarter of the world’s mammal species. But before you shrink in fear from these furry “creatures of the night,” consider the bat’s fundamental role in our ecosystem. A single brown bat can eat several thousand insects in a night. Bats also pollinate and disperse the…

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The Advancement of Science : Science without Legend, Objectivity without Illusions, Science without Legend, Objectivity without Illusions

During the last three decades, reflections on the growth of scientific knowledge have inspired historians, sociologists, and some philosophers to contend that scientific objectivity is a myth. In this book, Kitcher attempts to resurrect the notions of objectivity and progress in science by identifying both the limitations of idealized treatments of growth of knowledge and…

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Cultural Boundaries of Science, Credibility on the Line

Examines the cultural authority of science

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Science in the Marketplace, Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences

The nineteenth century was an age of transformation in science, when scientists were rewarded for their startling new discoveries with increased social status and authority. But it was also a time when ordinary people from across the social spectrum were given the opportunity to participate in science, for education, entertainment, or both. In Victorian Britain…

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