A History of Science in the Netherlands

Survey, Themes and Reference

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.

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Review Quotes

' This is an admirable handbook, that belongs in every institutional library for the history of science, and that deserves to be widely consulted.' Trevor Levere, AMBIX, 2000. ' …an indispensable guide to the history of science in the Netherlands from the formation of the country in the sixteenth century through the twentieth century. Anyone who wished to learn about Dutch science will find this volume useful, thoughtful, and authoritative. It will also be of interest to anyone concerned about national styles of science…a work of thoroughness, usefulness, and tolerant argumentativeness.' Harold J. Cook, ISIS, 2001.

Table of contents

Introduction: The History of Science in the Netherlands 1. Science and Mathematics 2. Science and Medicine 3. Science and Philosophy 4. Science and Technology 5. The Instruments of Science 6. Science and Belief 7. The Historiography of Science: A Bibliography 8. Science in Secondary Schools 9. Dutch Science Abroad 10. Science in the Former Dutch Colonies Biographies General Bibliography

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