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Fox, Robert 1938-

Overview
Works: 42 works in 312 publications in 5 languages and 6,905 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Creator, Translator
Classifications: QC311, 536.7
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Most widely held works by Robert Fox
The savant and the state : science and cultural politics in Nineteenth-Century France by Robert Fox( )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There has been a tendency to view science in nineteenth-century France as the exclusive territory of the nation's leading academic centers and the powerful Paris-based administrators who controlled them. Ministries and the great savants and institutions of the capital seem to have defined the field, while historians have ignored or glossed over traditions on the periphery of science. In The Savant and the State, Robert Fox charts new historiographical territory by synthesizing the practices and thought of state-sanctioned scientists and those of independent communities of savants and commentators with very different political, religious, and cultural priorities. Fox provides a comprehensive history of the public face of French science from the Bourbon Restoration to the outbreak of the Great War. Following the Enlightenment, many different interests competed to define the role of science and technology in French society. Political and religious conservatives tended to blame the scientific community for upsetting traditional values and, implicitly, delivering France into the hands of revolutionary extremists and Napoleonic bureaucrats. Scientists, for their part, embraced the belief that observation and experimentation offered the surest way to the knowledge and wisdom on which the welfare of society depended. This debate, Fox argues, became a contest for the hearts and minds of the French citizenry.--Book jacket
Physics in Oxford, 1839-1939 : laboratories, learning, and college life by Robert Fox( )

21 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a new interpretation of pre-war physics at the University of Oxford, which was far more dynamic than most historians and physicists have been prepared to believe. It explains, on the one hand, how attempts to develop the University's Clarendon Laboratory by Robert Clifton, Professor of Experimental Philosophy from 1865 to 1915, were thwarted by academic politics and funding problems, and latterly by Clifton's idiosyncratic concern with precision instrumentation. Conversely, by examining in detail the work of college fellows and their laboratories, the book reconstructs the decentralized environment that allowed physics to enter into a period of conspicuous vigour in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially at the characteristically Oxonian intersections between physics, physical chemistry, mechanics, and mathematics. Whereas histories of Cambridge physics have tended to focus on the self-sustaining culture of the Cavendish Laboratory, it was Oxford's college-trained physicists who enabled the discipline to flourish in due course in university as well as college facilities, notably under the newly appointed professors, J.S.E. Townsend from 1900 and F.A. Lindemann from 1919. This perspective allows us to understand better the vitality with which physicists in Oxford responded to the demands of wartime research on radar and techniques relevant to atomic weapons and laid the foundations for the dramatic post-war expansion in teaching and research that has endowed Oxford with one of the largest and most dynamic schools of physics in the world
Pierre-Simon Laplace, 1749-1827 : a life in exact science by Charles Coulston Gillispie( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre-Simon Laplace was among the most influential scientists in history. Often referred to as the lawgiver of French science, he is known for his technical contributions to exact science, for the philosophical point of view he developed in the presentation of his work, and for the leading part he took in forming the modern discipline of mathematical physics. His two most famous treatises were the five-volume Traite de mecanique celeste (1799-1825) and Theorie analytique des probabilites (1812). In the former, he demonstrated mathematically the stability of the solar system in accordance with the universal Newtonian law of gravity. In the latter, he developed probability from a set of miscellaneous problems concerning games, averages, mortality, and insurance risks. These estimates of error and statistical inferences could be applied to social, medical, and legal matters, as well as to the physical sciences. This book traces the development of Laplace's research program and of his participation in the Academy of Science during the last decades of the Old Regime into the early years of the French Revolution
The Organization of science and technology in France, 1808-1914( Book )

15 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The caloric theory of gases: from Lavoisier to Regnault by Robert Fox( Book )

18 editions published between 1961 and 1971 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technological change : methods and themes in the history of technology by Robert Fox( Book )

29 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technological Change gathers together examples of the best current thinking on methodology and the theoretical perspectives that are increasingly of concern to historians of technology, whilst at the same time presenting other papers which reflect the 'state of the art' in key areas of historical debate. The volume emphasises the need both to establish a common forum for theoretical and empirical research and also to delineate the shared concerns of these two treatments, which are too often reflected as conflicting rather than mutually supportive approaches to the writing of the history of technology
The Oxford handbook of the history of physics by Jed Z Buchwald( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book brings together cutting-edge writing by more than twenty leading authorities on the history of physics from the seventeenth century to the present day. By presenting a wide diversity of studies in a single volume, it provides authoritative introductions to scholarly contributions that have tended to be dispersed in journals and books not easily accessible to the general reader. While the core thread remains the theories and experimental practices of physics, the Handbook contains chapters on other dimensions that have their place in any rounded history. These include the role of lecturing and textbooks in the communication of knowledge, the contribution of instrument-makers and instrument-making companies in providing for the needs of both research and lecture demonstrations, and the growing importance of the many interfaces between academic physics, industry, and the military
Education, technology, and industrial performance in Europe, 1850-1939 by Robert Fox( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflexions on the motive power of fire : a critical edition with the surviving scientific manuscripts by Sadi Carnot( Book )

9 editions published in 1986 in English and French and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luxury trades and consumerism in ancien régime Paris : studies in the history of the skilled workforce by Robert Fox( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the 16th century, Paris has been a leading arbiter of taste and the ultimate source of luxury goods for Europe and the world. This text examines the origins of the luxury trades of Paris and their role in the wider economic development of France and Europe. It aims to provide an entry into some of the many questions raised by the growth of the luxury trades, bringing together eight detailed case studies of specific trades, with five more wide-ranging and theoretical contributions. It aims to offer both the results of research and a range of perspectives and methodological reflections on the subject as a whole
The patronage of science in the nineteenth century by Robert Fox( Book )

13 editions published in 1976 in English and Dutch and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Harriot : an Elizabethan man of science by Thomas Harriot( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The culture of science in France, 1700-1900 by Robert Fox( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science, industry, and the social order in post-revolutionary France by Robert Fox( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science without frontiers : cosmopolitanism and national interests in the world of learning, 1870-1940 by Robert Fox( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Contents"--"Illustrations" -- "Abbreviations" -- "Foreword by Anita Guerrini" -- "Preface" -- "Introduction" -- "Chapter 1. Knowledge, the Cement of Nations" -- "Chapter 2. War as Watershed" -- "Chapter 3. The Legacy of a Fractured World" -- "Epilogue" -- "Notes" -- "Bibliographical Essay
Reflections on the motive power of fire by Sadi Carnot( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in French and German and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enthält: Nachdruck nach der von Wilhelm Ostwald übersetzten und hrsg. Fassung, ersch. als Band 37 der Reihe 'Ostwald Klassiker der exakten Naturwissenschaften' in Leipzig 1982
Thomas Harriot and his world : mathematics, exploration, and natural philosophy in early modern England by Robert Fox( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Bibliography of Secondary Sources Relating to the Life and Work of Thomas Harriot Published Since 2000 -- Index
Contributions to general psychology : selected readings for introductory psychology by Charles Donald Spielberger( Book )

7 editions published in 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laboratories, workshops, and sites : concepts and practices of research in industrial Europe, 1800-1914 by Robert Fox( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'organisation de l'enseignement des sciences : la voie ouverte par le Second Empire by Nicole Hulin( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in French and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Pierre-Simon Laplace, 1749-1827 : a life in exact science
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Pierre-Simon Laplace, 1749-1827 : a life in exact scienceThe Organization of science and technology in France, 1808-1914Technological change : methods and themes in the history of technologyEducation, technology, and industrial performance in Europe, 1850-1939Luxury trades and consumerism in ancien régime Paris : studies in the history of the skilled workforceThe patronage of science in the nineteenth centuryThomas Harriot : an Elizabethan man of scienceLaboratories, workshops, and sites : concepts and practices of research in industrial Europe, 1800-1914
Alternative Names
Robert Fox British historian

Robert Fox britský historik

Robert Fox historiador británico

Robert Fox historien britannique

Robert Fox istoric britanic

Languages
English (246)

French (15)

German (2)

Spanish (1)

Dutch (1)