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Alchemy Revisited

Proceedings of the International Conference on the History of Alchemy at the University of Groningen 17-19 April 1989

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Edited by Z.R.W.M. von Martels

Alchemy revisited is an important collection of papers presented at an international congress held at the University of Groningen in April 1989.
Among the scholars whose work is presented her are Prof. N. Sivin (Chinese alchemy), Prof. B. Vickers ( res and verba in Greek alchemy), Profs. K. Figala and U. Neumann (with new material on Michael Maier), Prof. A.G. Debus (on iatrochemistry and the chemical revolution) and Prof. M. Crosland (on alchemy in the Age of Enlightenment). They and the other contributors give an unusually comprehensive survey of Indian, Greek, Arabic and European alchemy which will serve as an authoritative scholarly introduction to the subject for historians of science and related literature. (Prof. J.D. North contributes a short lecture on Chaucer's Canon's Yeoman's Tale).

Edited by Ursula Klein and Carsten Reinhardt

Leading historians of chemistry present fascinating case studies illuminating a broad array of objects of inquiry in modern chemistry, from the eighteenth century until today. These include every day items such as glass as well as invisible networks of experimentation and theory.

This collection of essays is based on two workshops that took place at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the CHF in Philadelphia.

Distribution in the Americas by Science History Publications/USA, ISBN 978-0-88135-460-7

A History of Science in the Netherlands

Survey, Themes and Reference

Edited by Klaas van Berkel, Albert van Helden and L.C. Palm

In the 400 years of its modern history the Netherlands has produced a distinguished array of eminent mathematicians, scientists and medical researchers including many Nobel-prize winners and other internationally recognised figures, from Stevin, Snel, and Huygens in the 17th century to Lorentz, Kammerlingh Onnes, Buys Ballot, De Vries, de Sitter, and Oort in the 19th and 20th centuries. Yet it has often been noted that the history of science in the Netherlands is underepresented in the international literature.
The handbook A History of Science in The Netherlands aims to correct this situation by providing a chronological and thematic survey of the field from the 16th century to the present, essays on selected aspects of science in the Netherlands, and reference biographies of about 65 important Dutch scientists. Written by more than 10 experts from Europe and North America, the handbook is the standard English-language reference work for the field.

Various and Ingenious Machines (2 vols.)

Volume One: Power Generation and Transport / Volume Two: Manufacturing and Weapons Technology

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Bryan Lawton

This two-volume work describes the early history of mechanical engineering from prehistory, when mining and agriculture first appear, to the beginnings of industrialisation. The old definition that if it moves it’s mechanical is used and consequently the books are divided into four major sections: power generation and transport in the first volume; manufacturing technology and weapons technology in the second volume.
Background chapters to each section broadens the text and depth is added by analytical appendices describing the principles of operation, optimum operating conditions, and the limits of performance of historically important machinery; all presented in easily understood graphical format. The text is profusely illustrated by over 800 figures and should be of value to historians, industrial archaeologists, and engineers.

Edited by Edith Sylla and William R. Newman

The studies in this volume present early science in its rich and divergent complexity. Many historians of the Scientific Revolution have used early modern scholasticism to represent pre-seventeenth century science as a whole, but a close look at ancient, medieval, and even early modern scientific writers shows that before the Scientific Revolution - and not only in Europe - there were many and diverse traditions of interpreting the natural world. This book provides a broad range of historical evidence concerning early science, which may be used as a basis for new and more complex historical interpretations.

Originally published as Volume XIV, Nos. 1-3 (2009) of Brill's journal Early Science and Medicine.

Edited by Lissa Roberts, Agustí Nieto-Galan and Oliver Hochadel

The new series Cultural Dynamics of Science (CDS) at Brill aims to contribute to on-going efforts in the history of science to understand the relations between the production, communication, consumption and use of knowledge without having recourse to the traditional equation of popularization with notions such as 'diffusion' and 'simplification'. The same goes for the distinctions they imply between expert knowledge and practices, on one side, and lay communities and understanding on the other. Focused on the period from the Enlightenment to the present, CDS intends instead to consider the various ways in which tensions and exchanges among the different actors involved have historically fed the productive circulation of knowledge. Sensitivity to specific contexts, epistemologies, spaces and networks, in which material production merges with knowledge production, is therefore paramount.

CDS also aims to contribute to recent efforts in the history of science to move across fields traditionally studied by different scholarly disciplines, and to evolve into more inclusive, interdisciplinary cultural studies. It is further committed to a geographically expansive scope of coverage, focusing on the transnational and transcultural character of the scientific endeavour.

While the series aims foremost at the publication of well-written scholarly monographs, carefully integrated collections of essays will also be welcome.
Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by email to the publisher Stefan Einarson or to one of the series editors: Lissa Roberts (University of Twente, the Netherlands), Agustí Nieto-Galan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) or Oliver Hochadel (Institució Milà i Fontanals, Spain). For information on how to submit a book proposal, please consult the Brill Author Guide.

Dutch Medicine in the Malay Archipelago 1816-1942

Articles presented at a symposium held in honor of Prof.History of Medicine at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, D. de Moulin, on the occasion of his retirement from the professorship of the 30 September 1989

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G.M. van Heteren

Tradition, Transmission, Transformation

Proceedings of Two Conferences on Pre-modern Science held at the University of Oklahoma

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Edited by Ragep, Ragep and Steven Livesey

This volume is the outcome of two conferences held at the University of Oklahoma in 1992 and 1993 which dealt with issues of transmission and subsequent cultural transformations that occurred in the premodern histories of mathematics and science.
Some twenty contributors explore transmission from a variety of perspectives, including the role of language and other facets of culture in the transmission process, the interaction of popular and elite science in transmission, successful and less than successful episodes of scientific appropriation and the role of institutions in this process.
The volume uses the theme of transmission as a way to focus debate on the perennial issue of the continuity and discontinuity of ideas in the history of sciences.