Taking the History of Science Really Seriously by Scott Kleiner offers a historical, conceptual, and methodological analysis of selected iconic shifts (revolutions) in scientific belief and practice.
Since Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions came out in 1962, many have come to challenge his ideas. Some try to explain it in a simpler and more relevant tone. Kuhn’s work is very crucial in understanding the evolution of scientific knowledge. However, almost six decades since its publication, there are still doubts about the impact of Kuhn’s work. Today, we will feature a book that seeks to impart to readers the importance of understanding the history of science and the evolution of scientific knowledge. Scott A. Kleiner’s Taking the History of Science Really Seriously is a modern take on many discussions, including the Copernican Revolution, the Philosophy of Biology, and insights on evolution (Darwin and Mendel).
Taking the History of Science Really Seriously by Scott Kleiner
Taking the History of Science Really Seriously is a 2020 science book by Professor Scott A. Kleiner. The 284-page book is a groundbreaking work that seeks to provide a historical, conceptual, and methodological analysis of selected iconic shifts or revolutions in scientific theory and practice. Kleiner’s work is divided into three main parts- a reexamination of the Copernican Revolution (I), history of evolutionary inquiries (Part II), and genetics (Part III).
“A historiography of science should embody a criterion for demarcating science from non-science through a historical timeline. The timeline represents a history of one or more converging or diverging scientific disciplines. The timeline contains a succession of episodes and various cognitive, ontological, and methodological commitments. One such historiography, subscribed to more by scientists than historians, chronicles and described the most recently successful scientific enterprises but dismisses all or most seemingly contrary predecessors as unscientific, called ‘Whiggism’ (Butterfield, 1931), or, more descriptively, chauvinism of the present. The ‘Scientific Revolution” of renaissance Europe is often thought of as the Copernican Revolution but also embodies the whiggish conception that Greek and later heliocentric cosmologies are unscientific. A better way of thinking about this episode is that it consists of an extended process of the intrusion of science into daily life, a process of human well-being becoming increasingly dependent upon science and scientific progress.”
Taking the History of Science Really Seriously takes readers into an extraordinary journey of science and history and the people who shape today’s modern thoughts in the field of physics, biology, genetics, and astronomy. Professor Scott A. Kleiner provides a fascinating read for today’s young minds interested in the history and evolution of scientific knowledge and practices. Taking the History of Science Really Seriously is the kind of book that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.
About Scott A. Kleiner
Professor Scott A. Kleiner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1938. He went to Williams College where he got his B.A. Physics in 1960. The following year, Kleiner attended the University of Chicago, where he obtained his M.A. (1961) and Ph.D. (1968). He worked as an instructor at Sweet Briar (Instructor 1965-1969). Kleiner then served as an Assistant professor at the University of Georgia from 1969 to 1977, as an Associate Professor in 1977, Professor in 1992, and Professor Emeritus from 20004 to the present. Scott A. Kleiner studied the history of biology at Cambridge University UK (1973-1974), discovery and inquiry at the University of Pittsburgh (1985-1959), and Genetics at the University of Georgia (1992-1993). He went on to publish a book on the logic of discovery in 1993. Professor Scott A. Kleiner is passionate in his pursuit of scientific change and discovery in the physical and biological sciences.
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