Tuesday, November 28, 2017,
Room 100, Lovejoy Building

This lecture by historian of science Elena Aronova, who is working on the history of environmental and evolutionary sciences in the 20th century, examines the role of the 17th-century Scientific Revolution (as well as generic scientific revolutions) as a master narrative in the history of science (from George Sarton to Thomas Kuhn) focusing on an approach that called for the use of quantitative methods. The protagonists of this approach, such as  J.D. Bernal, sought to apply the methods of science to the study of science itself, linking their drive for quantification to their claims of objectivity. This practice, called scientometrics, has evolved from a marginal technique to become a respected academic specialty with both political and intellectual appeal.

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