Groundbreaking scientific experiments, inventions, and discoveries of the 18th century

By Shectman, Jonathan

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978-0-31332-015-6
Publisher
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on February 15, 2004

Shectman, previously editor of a series of science education books, writes about 18th-century science in the latest title of the publisher's five-volume series. Series adviser Robert E. Krebs opposes postmodern narratives in science studies, and in his 60-plus entries, Shectman follows suit by largely ignoring issues of social context and social meaning. He does, however, attempt to situate each experiment, invention, or discovery in the context of other scientific work. Regrettably, Shectman often resorts to anachronistic language, as when he describes Evangelista Torricelli's work in the 1600s with refe...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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