John Waller, «Fabulous Science: Fact and Fiction in the History of Scientific Discovery»

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John Waller, «Fabulous Science: Fact and Fiction in the History of Scientific Discovery»

John Waller, «Fabulous Science: Fact and Fiction in the History of Scientific Discovery»
Oxford University Press | ISBN 0198609396 | 2004 Year | PDF | 2,56 Mb | 308 Pages

Each chapter in this book draws heavily on the original scholarship of leading historians of science. The scholarly papers I consulted Eare the results of thousands of hours of laborious research, conducted by historians who often began their investigations confident of the veracity of the myths they would later explode. To pay these researchers their due, and to suggest where the reader may go to read further, I have included a brief statement on my sources at the end of the volume. In many instances I have added my own analysis and commentary, so any resulting errors or infelicities must of necessity be my responsibility alone.
This book is also indebted to the scholars who have stimulated my fascination for the discipline of history from school through university: Thomas Eason, Jeffrey Grenfell-Hill, Simon Skinner, Maurice Keen, the late Michael Mahoney, Joe Cain, Janet Browne, and Everett Mendelsohn in particular. The students who I have helped instruct at Oxford, London, and Harvard universities inspired me to bring these stories to a wider audience. And the staffs of Imperial College London’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and London’s Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine drew my attention to much of the scholarship upon which this book is based. The archival staffs of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, Harvard’s Baker Business Library and Countway Medical Library, the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum at St Mary’s Hospital, the Royal Astronomical Society, and the California Institute of Technology very kindly allowed me to reproduce photographic images.
I am also profoundly grateful to Richard and Penny Graham-Yooll, Adam Hedgecoe, Darian and Alison Stibbe, Jon Turney, and Jane, Michael, and Susan Waller for their excellent editorial advice and encouragement. My father, Michael Waller, has been a wonderful source of inspiration, illumination, and guidance. Michael Rodgers and Abbie Headon at Oxford University Press and copyeditor Sarah Bunney have also been most helpful. Finally I would like to thank my wife, Abigail, for her unstinting affection and support.
John Waller


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