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Science: A Four Thousand Year History
E veryone agrees that science has a history. Refl ect a little, and you'll realize that science must have many histories: For while we often talk about a generalized ideal of " science, " we usuallyExpand
Newton: The Making of Genius
A unique and accessible account of Newton's popular and scientific reputation. Isaac Newton is now universally celebrated as a genius of science, renowned for his innovatory work on gravity andExpand
Pandora's Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment
Had God intended Women merely as a finer sort of cattle, he would not have made them reasonable.' Writing in 1673, Bathsua Makin was one of the first women to insist that girls should receive aExpand
A microscopic reality tale
  • P. Fara
  • Art, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 4 June 2009
The earliest microscopes shed light on a once-invisible world. But, Patricia Fara explains, microscopists were uncertain about how well the images reflected reality — just as they are today.
Sex, Botany, and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks
Enlightenment botany was replete with sexual symbolism-to the extent that many botanical textbooks were widely considered pornographic. Carl Linnaeus's controversial new system for classifying plantsExpand
Versions of vesalius.
  • P. Fara
  • Art, Medicine
  • Endeavour
  • 1 March 2011
Andreas Vesalius reformed anatomical knowledge and teaching in the Renaissance by adopting Galenic methods from the classical past. His careful drawings revealed the human body in unprecedented andExpand
Hidden depths: Halley, hell and other people
Abstract During the long eighteenth century, boundaries between theology and natural philosophy, between imaginary and factual travel narratives, between fiction and social commentary, were far moreExpand