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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (3 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022610284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226102849
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As David Livingstone explains in "Putting Science in Its Place," geography has always had a profound influence on both the generation and acceptance of scientific ideas. We assume that physical constants are the same when measured in Indiana or India but it seems that more abstract concepts must adapt to local conditions. So from the 16th-century Catholic church's rejection of Copernican astronomy to the present day, there have been plenty of examples of scientific orthodoxy bending to religious, political or cultural pressures."--John Bonner "New Scientist "

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David N. Livingstone is a professor of geography and intellectual history at Queen’s University, Belfast. A Fellow of the British Academy and a member of both the Academia Europaea and the Royal Irish Academy, he is the author of numerous books, including The Geographical Tradition: Episodes in the History of a Contested Enterprise and Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion and the Politics of Human Origins.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rory on 11 Mar 2013
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This book by Professor Livingstone is a must for anyone who is studying not only human geography, but the history of scientific knowledge in itself, and how we have come to understand the world through the different places of scientific endeavor over the last few centuries.
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Now what is science? 3 Feb 2006
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Often we are under the impression that science is something well-defined, the same everywhere and at any time. Philosophers of science have already questioned these assumptions. Historian of science, David Livingstone, supports the conclusions of those philosophers by showing what people consider to be science changes depending on time and especially place.

In this book, Livingstone focuses explicitly on the geographical variations in what is considered to be science. According to Livingstone, "the meaning of scientific theories is not stable; rather, it is mobile and varies from place to place" (4).

I found this an extraordinarily interesting book. Livingstone writes well, uses many examples and to me indubitably shows that what is considered "science" is not the same everywhere. (This is also illustrated by the discussions about Intelligent Design, which are prominent in the United States but that - due to a difference in what is considered science - hardly have an impact in Europe.)

I warmly recommend this book to all those historians, philosophers, and theologians, interested in the question "What constitutes science?"
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