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Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West, by Margaret Jacob


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Podcast: Context with Brad Harris
Episode: Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West, by Margaret Jacob
Episode pub date: 2018-07-10

Margaret Jacob’s book helps us understand how scientific knowledge became integrated into the culture of Europe through the 1600s and 1700s, and how the different social and political conditions of different European countries influenced the application of science to material prosperity. Jacob enhances our understanding of the role of science in the Industrial Revolution, and provides insight on why Britain’s distinctive approach to the utility of science enabled it to industrialize generations earlier than any other country.

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn


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Podcast: Context with Brad Harris
Episode: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn
Episode pub date: 2018-07-24

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a classic in the history of science, and one of the most cited books of the twentieth century. Thomas Kuhn insightfully challenged our assumptions about how science works, but his opaque style ignited a cultural movement energized around the misinterpretations that objective truth was an illusion and that scientific progress was just a conceit of western civilization. These ideas became pillars of postmodernism, and no one was more frustrated by the folly of their development than Thomas Kuhn himself. 

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