Illustrated. Some plates in color. Extended bibliographies after each chapter.
By David M. Knight, Professor of History & Philosophy of Science at Durham University. Although he was trained as a historian of ideas, Knight has spent his career developing a unique approach to the history of science that draws from methods used in the history of the book, social history and biographical history. His interest in the cultural history of science led him to write a number of books that focused a wide number of topics, including the history of chemistry, the history of natural history, science and religion, and the public understanding of science. He has been President of the British Society for the History of Science and has received numerous awards during the duration of his career, including the Templeton Award for his work on nineteenth century natural theology and the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Edelstein Award for his research in the history of chemistry.