Positioning the History of Science

  • Kostas Gavroglu
  • Jürgen Renn

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 248)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Babak Ashrafi
    Pages 1-5
  3. Babak Ashrafi
    Pages 7-11
  4. Stephen G. Brush
    Pages 13-25
  5. Olivier Darrigol
    Pages 33-34
  6. Lorraine Daston
    Pages 35-38
  7. Raphael Falk, Ruma Falk
    Pages 43-48
  8. Evelyn fox Keller
    Pages 57-60
  9. John L. Heilbron
    Pages 73-76
  10. Steve Joshua Heims
    Pages 77-85
  11. Erwin N. Hiebert
    Pages 87-94
  12. Gerald Holton
    Pages 95-98
  13. Helge Kragh
    Pages 105-107
  14. Mary Jo Nye
    Pages 109-112
  15. Joan Richards
    Pages 135-137
  16. José M. Sànchez-Ron
    Pages 139-142
  17. Terry Shinn
    Pages 143-148
  18. Skùli Sigurdsson
    Pages 149-157
  19. Thomas Söderqvist
    Pages 159-162
  20. John Stachel
    Pages 163-167
  21. Roger H. Stuewer
    Pages 169-172
  22. Stephen J. Weininger
    Pages 173-176
  23. M. Norton Wise
    Pages 177-183
  24. Sam Schweber
    Pages 185-188

About this book


The present volume, compiled in honor of an outstanding historian of science, physicist and exceptional human being, Sam Schweber, is unique in assembling a broad spectrum of positions on the history of science by some of its leading representatives. Readers will find it illuminating to learn how prominent authors judge the current status and the future perspectives of their field. Students will find this volume helpful as a guide in a fragmented field that continues to be dominated by idiosyncratic expertise and that still lacks a methodical canon. The essays were written in response to our invitation to explicate the views of the authors concerning the state of the history of science today and the issues we felt are related to its future. Although not all the scholars invited to write have contributed an essay, this volume can nevertheless be considered as a rather comprehensive survey of the present state of the history of science. All the papers collected here reflect in one way or another the strong influence Sam Schweber exerted during the past decades in his gentle way, on the history of science as well as on the lives of many of its protagonists worldwide. All who have had the opportunity of encountering him have benefited from his advice, benevolence, and friendship. Sam Schweber’s intellectual taste, his passion for knowledge, and his erudition are all encompassing. It, therefore, seemed fitting to honor him with a collection of essays of comparable breadth; nothing less would suffice.


Charles Darwin Darwin studies epistemology historian of science science

Editors and affiliations

  • Kostas Gavroglu
    • 1
  • Jürgen Renn
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AthensGreece
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany

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