A Man of Science

  title={A Man of Science},
  author={Steven Shapin},
  pages={583 - 583}
It is difficult to refer to the early modern man of science in other than negative terms. He was not a “scientist”: The English word did not exist until the nineteenth century, and the equivalent French term ‐ un scientifique ‐ was not in common use until the twentieth century. Nor did the defined social and cultural position now picked out by “the scientist’s role” exist in the early modern period. The man of science did not occupy a single distinct and coherent role in early modern culture… 
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