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Beyond Borders

Fresh Perspectives in History of Science

Editor(s): Josep Simon and Néstor Herran with Tayra Lanuza-Navarro, Pedro Ruiz-Castell and Ximo Guillem-Llobat
Contributors: Nstor Herrn Corbacho, Tayra Lanuza, Jaume Navarro, Ximo Guillem-Llobat, Josep Simon, Pedro Ruiz-Castell;
Subject: Science

Book Description

How does scientific knowledge circulate? Does scientific communication shape the making of science? Is the making of science a national endeavour or does it have an international or transnational dimension? Are teaching and research equally relevant in this endeavour? How can history of science react to the challenges posed by the changing practices of science in historical context? Beyond Borders is a book generated at the heart of these fundamental questions.

In the last decades, the history of science has attained a high degree of disciplinary maturity and sophistication. However, perception of disciplinary crisis is apparent behind calls for the search of new “big pictures” and their implementation in teaching and communicating the history of science to wider audiences. Temporal and narrative fragmentation are seen as major drawbacks hindering the development of the discipline. In addition, national, linguistic and methodological division is increasingly afflicting its practice. Like other areas in the humanities, and in contrast to the sciences, the history of science has nowadays a pronounced local character which clearly constrains its intellectual output.

Challenging this state of affairs is a major aim of this book, which argues for a resolute call for intellectual and methodological pluralism and internationalism. Through a broad diversity of subjects, periods, and geographies, covering from studies of sixteenth-century astrological texts to contextual analysis of twentieth-century X-ray spectroscopy, this collection of papers and historiographical essays offers a fresh overview of the field and its major questions. Beyond Borders revisits five major topics in history of science, namely the early modern map of knowledge, pedagogy and science, science popularization, science and the nation and the geography of scientific centres and peripheries. Engaging with a broad diversity of historiographical and methodological approaches in an international perspective, Beyond Borders is a rich and plural manifesto contributing to the reflective appraisal of history of science as a discipline.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8483-2
ISBN-10: 1-84718-483-9
Date of Publication: 01/04/2008
Pages / Size: 380 / A5
Price: £39.99
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Biography

Josep Simon, University of Leeds, UK
Néstor Herran, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Tayra Lanuza-Navarro, European University Institute, Florence.
Pedro Ruiz-Castell, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Ximo Guillem-Llobat, Universitat de València.