This course covers the history of science and its interactions with broader society and culture from the death of Isaac Newton (1727) to the establishment of the modern science system (circa 1970). We will trace developments in various sciences, with a heavy emphasis on the physical and life sciences, to explore the ways in which science and public life have become increasingly separated. Emphasis on the spaces and technologies of science, genres of scientific communication, the place of science in the emerging nation-state, and contrasting themes of backwardness and modernity in several national contexts.

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