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  • The Edge of Objectivityby Charles Coulston Gillispie; Theodore M. Porter

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 35.00 US$ 31.85

    Originally published in 1960, The Edge of Objectivity helped to establish the history of science as a full-fledged academic discipline. In the mid-1950s, a young professor at Princeton named Charles Gillispie began teaching Humanities 304, one of the first undergraduate courses offered anywhere in the world on the history of science. From Galileo's... more...

  • Stalin and the Scientistsby Simon Ings

    Faber & Faber 2016; US$ 13.99

    An epic story of courage, genius and terrible folly, this is the first history of how the Soviet Union's scientists became both the glory and the laughing stock of the intellectual world. Simon Ings weaves together what happened when a handful of impoverished and underemployed graduates, professors and entrepreneurs, collectors and charlatans,... more...

  • Adolphe Quetelet, Social Physics and the Average Men of Science, 1796-1874by Kevin Donnelly

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Adolphe Quetelet was an influential astronomer and statistician whose controversial work inspired heated debate in European and American intellectual circles. In creating a science designed to explain the “average man,” he helped contribute to the idea of normal, most enduringly in his creation of the Quetelet Index, which came to be known as the... more...

  • Astronomy in India, 1784-1876by Joydeep Sen

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Indian scientific achievements in the early twentieth century are well known, with a number of heralded individuals making globally recognized strides in the field of astrophysics. Covering the period from the foundation of the Asiatick Society in 1784 to the establishment of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in 1876, Sen explores... more...

  • Brewing Science, Technology and Print, 1700-1880by James Sumner

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2013; US$ 34.99

    How did the brewing of beer become a scientific process? Sumner explores this question by charting the theory and practice of the trade in Britain and Ireland during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From an oral culture derived from home-based skills, brewing industrialized rapidly and developed an extensive trade literature, based increasingly... more...

  • Domesticating Electricityby Graeme Gooday

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2008; US$ 34.99

    This is an innovative and original socio-cultural study of the history of electricity during the late Victorian and Edward periods. Gooday shows how technology, authority and gender interacted in pre-World War I Britain. The rapid take-up of electrical light and domestic appliances on both sides of the Atlantic had a wide-ranging effect on consumer... more...

  • Free Will and the Human Sciences in Britain, 1870-1910by Roger Smith

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2013; US$ 34.99

    From the late nineteenth century onwards religion gave way to science as the dominant force in society. This led to a questioning of the principle of free will—if the workings of the human mind could be reduced to purely physiological explanations, then what place was there for human agency and self-improvement? Smith takes an in-depth look at the... more...

  • James Watt, Chemistby David Philip Miller

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2009; US$ 34.99

    In the Victorian era, James Watt became an iconic engineer, but in his own time he was also an influential chemist. Miller examines Watt’s illustrious engineering career in light of his parallel interest in chemistry, arguing that Watt’s conception of steam engineering relied upon chemical understandings. Part I of the book—Representations—examines... more...

  • The Age of Scientific Naturalismby Bernard Lightman; Michael S. Reidy

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Physicist John Tyndall and his contemporaries were at the forefront of developing the cosmology of scientific naturalism during the Victorian period. They rejected all but physical laws as having any impact on the operations of human life and the universe. Contributors focus on the way Tyndall and his correspondents developed their ideas through letters,... more...

  • The British Arboretumby Paul A. Elliott; Charles Watkins; Stephen Daniels

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2011; US$ 34.99

    This study explores the science and culture of nineteenth-century British arboretums, or tree collections. The development of arboretums was fostered by a variety of factors, each of which is explored in detail: global trade and exploration, the popularity of collecting, the significance to the British economy and society, developments in Enlightenment... more...