ERIC Number: ED276608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
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Science and the Making of the Modern World.
An account of the development of science and the growth of the scientific community is presented in this book. It aims to provide the reader with some of the background knowledge needed to make informed and intelligent contributions to contemporary debates on the interaction between science, technology, and society. Highlighted are the historical development of scientific knowledge in diverse political and social systems, the methodology involved in establishing the knowledge, and the operations of the scientific community. Featured sections include: (1) the importance of science in the making of the modern world; (2) origins of modern science; (3) the 17th-century scientific revolution; (4) development of the scientific revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries; (5) science and technology in traditional China; (6) growth of science in the 20th century; (7) philosophy of science, political systems, and technology in the 20th century; (8) case studies of specific issues (third world science, nuclear power, semiconductor physics, biological knowledge and population explosion); and (9) concluding remarks on science and the making of the modern world. Additional sources and references on the history of science are identified in a guide to further reading. (ML)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, History Textbooks, Modernization, Science and Society, Science Education, Science History, Scientific Enterprise, Social Change, Technological Advancement, World Problems
Heinemann Educational Books, 70 Court Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
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Audience: Practitioners; Students
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