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What Is The History of Science? Part II

Part of the series What is History?
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Six leading historians of science define their discipline.

John Pickstone

For me and several of my generation it has been a progression, from science, to history and philosophy of science, to a broader form of history which includes social as well as intellectual aspects of science. The broader picture is not restricted to knowledge, it includes practice – the crafts of science and especially the practices of technology, agriculture and medicine. Thus we come to deal with a large and central area of social and economic history – the continuing and ever-changing interplay between more or less cumulative knowledge and more or less effective practices.


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