Science, History of

  title={Science, History of},
  author={Lorraine J. Daston},
The history of science is a small discipline with a large and expanding subject matter: not only the history of the modern natural and human sciences but also premodern and non-Western traditions of knowledge and learning. Because it lies at the intersection of the humanities and the natural human sciences, it has been and remains a locus of interdisciplinary research. 
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  • L. Daston
  • History
  • KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge
  • 2017
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  • R. Laudan
  • History, Medicine
  • History of science; an annual review of literature, research and teaching
  • 1993
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