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Science and the Enlightenment (Cambridge Studies in the History of Science) [Paperback]

Thomas L. Hankins
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April 26, 1985 0521286190 978-0521286190
Science and the Enlightenment is a general history of eighteenth-century science covering both the physical and life sciences. It places the scientific developments of the century in the cultural context of the Enlightenment and reveals the extent to which scientific ideas permeated the thought of the age. The book takes advantage of recent scholarship, which is rapidly changing our understanding of science during the eighteenth century. In particular it describes how science was organized into fields that were quite different from those we know today. Professor Hankins's work is a much needed addition to the literature on eighteenth-century science. His study is not technical; it will be of interest to all students of the Enlightenment and the history of science, as well as to the general reader with some background in science.

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"For students and anyone interested in the history of science this is an excellent account of the development of science as part of - and within the context of - the Enlightenment." William S. Gorman, Science Books & Films

"The first book-length account of eighteenth century science since Abraham Wolf's 1939 edition of History of Science, Technology, and Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, this is a valuable update of both the history of science and the Enlightenment." William S. Gorman, Science Books & Films

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A general history of 18th century science covering both the physical and life sciences. Places the scientific developments of the century in the cultural context of the Enlightenment and reveals the extent to which scientific ideas permeated the thought of the age.

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  • Series: Cambridge Studies in the History of Science
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 26, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521286190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521286190
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Historian of Science Hankins did great! August 21, 2010
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Hankins was my sr. thesis advisor at UW in the early 80s (pre-publication of this book). The scope of his learning is astonishing and his handling of the 18th c philosophes, technology and religion was great. I highly recommend this book.
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