From Physico-Theology to Bio-Technology:
A Festschrift for Mikulás Teich.
BAYERTZ, Kurt and Roy PORTER (Eds.)
Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA, 1998, VI, 287 pp.
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For the last half century, Mikuláš Teich has made many eminent contributions to the histories of science, technology, medicine and society. His essentially Marxist historiographical stance has resisted the notion that science is an autonomous entity, and has instead stressed the interplay of the economic, the social and the scientific forces in history. At the same time, particularly in studies of biochemistry, he has emphasized the significance of the role of science and technology in modern economic change.
In a career divided between Czechoslovakia and the UK, he has always been highly internationalist in his historical outlooks, combining what is valuable in Contentinal and British methods.
This volume is to honour him on his eightieth birthday. Examining European developments since the sixteenth century, the essays, many by old friends and colleagues, cluster around themes close to his own personal scholarship and related to volumes which he has edited. The book is divided into sections on Questions of History; Scientific Lives; Disciplines; Natural History, and Science and Disease.
Contents: Mikuláš Teich: A Biographical Sketch. QUESTIONS OF HISTORY. Terry GOURVISH: Business History: Cinderella, Prince Charming or Ugly Sister? Robert PROCTOR: Darwin's Revolution. Benno MÜLLER-HILL: The Different Faces of Science: Is Genetics a Social Construct? SCIENTIFIC LIVES. Charles WEBSTER: Bare Heads against Red Hats: A Portrait of Paracelsus. Dietrich von ENGELHARDT: Science - Education and Culture. Ideas and Concepts of German Scientists in the 19th Century. W.H. BROCK: Thomas George Hodgkins (1803-92) and the future of Research at the Royal Institution (London) and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington). DISCIPLINES. Kurt BAYERTZ and Patricia NEVERS: Biology as Technology. Hans-Jörg RHEINBERGER: From the "Originary Phenomenon" to the "System of Pelagic Fishery": Johannes Müller (1801-1858) and the Relation Between Physiology and Philosophy. Katharina ROWOLD: A Male Mind in a Female Body: Sexology, Homosexuality and the Woman Question in Germany, 1869-1914. NATURAL HISTORY. Paul FARBER: The Naturalist Tradition: A Natural History. Julie PEAKMAN: Medicine, The Body, and the Botanical Metaphor in Erotica. SCIENCE AND DISEASE. Reinhard MOCEK: Biology of Liberation: Some Historical Aspects of "Proletarian Race Hygienics". Harmke KAMMINGA: Credit and Resistance: Eijman and the Transformation of Beri-Beri into a Vitamin Deficiency Disease. Roy PORTER: Gout and Quakery; Or, Banks and Mountebanks. Notes on Contributors. Bibliography of Mikuláš Teich.