The Routledge History of American Science provides an essential companion to the most significant themes within the subject area.

The field of the history of science continues to grow and expand into new areas and to adopt new theories to explain the role of science and its connections to politics, economics, religion, social structures, intellectual history, and art. This book takes North America as its focus and explores the history of science in the region both nationally and internationally with 27 chapters from a range of disciplines. Part I takes a chronological look at the history of science in America, from its origins in the Atlantic World, through to the American Revolution, the Civil War, the World Wars, and ending in the postmodern era. Part II discusses American science in practice, from scientists as practitioners, laboratories and field experiences, to science and religion. Part III examines the relationship between science and power. The chapters touch on the intersection of science and imperialism, environmental science in U.S. politics, as well as capitalism and science. Finally, Part IV explores how science is embedded in the culture of the United States with topics such as the growing importance of climate science, the role of scientific racism, the construction of gender, and how science and disability studies converge. The final chapter reviews the way in which society has embraced or rejected science, with reflections on the recent pandemic and what it may mean for the future of American science.

This book fills a much-needed gap in the history and historiography of American science studies and will be an invaluable guide for any student or researcher in the history of science in America.

chapter |3 pages


part I|134 pages

The History of American Science

part II|89 pages

American Science in Practice

part III|70 pages

American Science and Power

part IV|99 pages

American Science and Society

chapter 21|14 pages

Climate Science in America

chapter 22|11 pages

Structural Racism and Science

chapter 23|19 pages

Gender and Science

chapter 24|12 pages

Disability and American Science

chapter 25|14 pages

Genetics and American Science

chapter 26|12 pages

Science and Speciesism

chapter 27|15 pages

Science in American Life 1