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Telling Lives in Science : Essays on Scientific Biography

Author: Michael Shortland; Richard Yeo; Cambridge University Press.
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Collects together original essays by leading historians of science on the nature and development of scientific biography.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Shortland; Richard Yeo; Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 9780511525292 051152529X
OCLC Number: 668201968
Description: 1 online resource (312 pages)
Contents: List of contributors; Preface; Introduction Michael Shortland and Richard Yeo; 1. Existential projects and existential choice in science: science biography as an edifying genre Thomas Soederqvist; 2. Life paths: autobiography, science and the French Revolution Dorinda Outram; 3. From science to wisdom: Humphry Davy's life David Knight; 4. Robert Boyle and the dilemma of biography in the age of the scientific revolution Michael Hunter; 5. Alphabetical lives: scientific biography in historical dictionaries and encyclopedias Richard Yeo; 6. The scientist as hero: public images of Michael Faraday Geoffrey Cantor; 7. Tactful organising and executive power: biographies of Florence Nightingale for girls Martha Vicinus; 8. Taking histories, medical lives: Thomas Beddoes and biography Roy Porter; 9. The scientist as patron and patriotic symbol: the changing reputation of Joseph Banks John Gascoigne; 10. Metabiographical reflections on Charles Darwin James Moore; Index.
Other Titles: Cambridge books online.
Responsibility: edited by Michael Shortland, Richard Yeo.

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