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
* Genetics
* 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.

part I|195 pages

section Section IA|71 pages

History of Science in Relation to Neighbouring Disciplines

section Section IB|49 pages

Analytical Perspectives

section Section IC|71 pages

Philosophical Problems

chapter 11|18 pages


chapter 12|15 pages

Rationality, Science and History

chapter 13|15 pages


part II|847 pages

Selected Writings in the History of Science

section Section IIA|355 pages

Turning Points

chapter 14|16 pages

The Copernican Revolution

chapter 15|26 pages

The Scientific Revolution

chapter 16|21 pages

Newton and Natural Philosophy

chapter 17|14 pages

The Chemical Revolution

chapter 18|17 pages

Laplacian Physics

chapter 19|19 pages

Natural History, 1670–1802

chapter 20|12 pages

The History of Geology, 1780–1840

chapter 21|16 pages


chapter 23|17 pages

Cell Theory and Development

chapter 26|15 pages


chapter 27|17 pages

Freud and Psychoanalysis

chapter 28|16 pages

The Theory of Relativity

chapter 29|21 pages

Quantum Theory

chapter 31|9 pages

From Physiology to Biochemistry

chapter 32|18 pages

The Molecular Revolution in Biology

chapter 33|16 pages

The Emergence of Genetics

section Section IIB|206 pages

Topics and Interpretations

chapter 35|11 pages

Aristotelian Science

chapter 39|17 pages


chapter 40|12 pages

Physical Optics

chapter 41|12 pages

Cosmology: Newton to Einstein

chapter 42|10 pages

Geometry and Space

chapter 43|16 pages

Particle Science

chapter 44|13 pages

The Foundations of Mathematics

chapter 46|10 pages

The Mind–Body Problem

chapter 49|18 pages


section Section IIC|281 pages


chapter 50|20 pages

Science and Religion

chapter 51|16 pages

Science and Literature

chapter 52|17 pages

Science and Philosophy

chapter 56|17 pages

Marginal Science

chapter 60|14 pages

Science and Imperialism

chapter 61|12 pages

Science and War

chapter 62|14 pages

Science Education

chapter 64|10 pages


chapter 65|18 pages

Science and the Public