Servants of Nature by Lewis Pyenson
A History of Scientific Institutions, Enterprises, and Sensibilities

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A penetrating account of how science, perhaps above all other human endeavors, has shaped --and been shaped by --the world that we inhabit today. Servants of Nature explores the fascinating interaction between scientific practice and public life from antiquity to the present. The authors reveal how, in Asia, Europe, and the New World, advances in science have been closely allied to changes in three distinct areas of society: the institutions that sustain science; the moral, religious, political, and philosophical sensibilities of scientists themselves; and the goal of the scientific enterprise. The book proceeds to trace how the bodies that shape scientific tradition and guide innovation have acquired their authority. And in conclusion the authors consider how scientific goals have changed, as they examine the relationship between science, the military, and industry in modern times. Servants of Nature probes the culture of science from its origins to the present and promises to be an indispensable contribution to the history of science.

About Lewis Pyenson

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Pyenson is professor of history and mathematics at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Sheets-Pyenson was professor of history at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
Published January 1, 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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This volume presents an amalgam of historical and philosophical discussions, from the founding of the first scientific societies in the 17th century, to whether the end of the 20th century is more influenced by postmodernism or relativity.

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In attempting to discover how scientific practice and public life have interacted over the ages, the Pyensons touch on just about every aspect of life except cooking (and one wonders how they missed that): reading and education, museums and zoos, maps and books, religion and knowledge.

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