The Life of Science: Essays in the History of Civilization

The Life of Science: Essays in the History of Civilization

The Life of Science: Essays in the History of Civilization

The Life of Science: Essays in the History of Civilization

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There is in the making a movement of thought toward a new focus in the history of science. Though interrupted by two world wars and a great depression, it has been steadily taking shape and gathering strength. It has drawn to itself a considerable number of our more thoughtful scientists, historians, and educators. So far, it has spoken the language of scholars. In The Life of Science Library, it is beginning to speak the language of lay men and women, girls and boys.

Among the scholars, George Sarton, who holds the chair of the History of Science at Harvard University, is respected and loved as the leader of the movement. It was he who conceived and fashioned its two basic tools: the Introduction to The History of Science, which he has now brought through the fourteenth century, and the journal Isis, with its systematic and critical bibliographies of current publications in the field.

Dr. Sarton has not only led in developing a sound scholarly basis for the movement, but he has been the most eloquent voice of its ideals as a new form of humanism which is needed to do for our time what an older humanism did for the Renaissance.

Many of the essays in which he has expressed these ideals can be read with understanding and enjoyment by the wider circle of readers for whom The Life of Science Library is intended. It has seemed to the publisher and sponsors of The Life of Science Library that its purposes could not be better conveyed than by gathering together in the present volume a selection from these essays.

The essays chosen, though far apart in time of composition, are united by spirit and intent. They were not planned with a view to being collected here. Yet, when read together, they have virtues a more formal treatment would lack. By their very diversity of subject and method, they give the beginner and the layman . . .

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