Companion to the History of Modern Science
Edited by G N Cantor, G.N. Cantor, J.R.R. Christie, M.J.S. Hodge, R.C. Olby
Routledge – 1996 – 1,120 pages
The 67 chapters of this book describe and analyse the development of Western science from 1500 to the present day. Divided into two major sections - 'The Study of the History of Science' and 'Selected Writings in the History of Science' - the volume describes the methods and problems of research in the field and then applies these techniques to a wide range of fields.
Areas covered include:
* the Copernican Revolution
* Science and Imperialism
* the History of Anthropology
* Science and Religion
* Magic and Science.
The companion is an indispensable resource for students and professionals in History, Philosophy, Sociology and the Sciences as well as the History of Science. It will also appeal to the general reader interested in an introduction to the subject.
Some reviews of the well-received hardback edition:
'Indeed a companion volume whose 67 essays give pleasure and instruction. References are copious, yet not so comprehensive as to deter the novice from further research into a still young field … an ambitious and successful work.' - Times Literary Supplement
'This work is an essential resource for libraries everywhere. For specialist science libraries willing to keep just one encyclopaedic guide to history, for undergraduate libraries seeking to provide easily accessible information, for the devisers of university curricula, for the modern social historian or even the eclectic scientist taking a break from simply making history, this is the book for you.' - Times Higher Education Supplement
'Specialists will enjoy browsing, especially in areas outside their own. Newcomers … will find provocative and stimulating insights into today's practice in the history of science.' - Choice
'A pleasure to read with a carefully chosen typeface, well organized pages and ample margins … it is very easy to find one's way around. This is a book which will be consulted widely.' - Technovation
'Attractively produced and elaborately indexed, [Companion to the History of Modern Science] accomplishes very well what it was intended to do.' - Sci-Tech Book News
'This is a commendably easy book to use.' - British Journal of the History of Science
'This is an important one-volume work for those interested in taking basic information one step further.' - Preview
'Excellent … I recommend this book highly.' - Science Books and Films
'A triumph of editorial skill and determination. The articles are clearly laid out, with extensive endnotes and bibliography after each article … an invaluable resource, make sure it is ordered by your local library!' - Scientific and Medical Network
'Scholars from other areas entering this field, students taking the vertical approach and teachers coming from any direction cannot fail to find this an invaluable text.' - History of Science Journal
'An excellent compendium of some of the most interesting commentators on science today.' - New Scientist
Robert Olby, Geoffrey Cantor, John Christie, and Jonathon Hodge are all in the Division of the History of Science at the University of Leeds.