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Internet History of Science Sourcebook

Editor: Paul Halsall

This page is a subset of texts derived from the three major online Sourcebooks listed below.

Notes: In addition to direct links to documents, links are made to a number of other web resources.
Link to a secondary article, review or discussion on a given topic.
Link to a website focused on a specific issue.. These are not links to every site on a given topic, but to sites of serious educational value.


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  • Ancient Near East
  • Egypt
    • Theory
    • Mathematics
    • Technology
    • Medicine
  • Greco-Roman Culture
    • PreSocratics
    • Materialists
    • Pythagoreanism
    • Eleatic School
    • Sophists
    • Atomists
    • Critical Thought
    • Theoretical Science
    • Mathematics
    • Medicine
    • Engineering
    • Travel: Geography
    • Latin Authors
  • Byzantium
    • Mathematics
    • Medicine
  • Islam
    • General
    • Theory
    • Medicine
    • Impact
    • Famous Muslim Scientists
  • Latin Christendom
    • Attitudes
    • Medicine
    • Technology
    • Late Medieval Physics
  • China
    • General
    • Images
  • India
    • Mathematics
  • Scientific Revolution
    • General
    • Earlier/Alternative Ways of Understanding the Cosmos
    • Theory
    • Astronomy and Physics
    • Medicine
    • Freedom of Thought
    • Scientific Societies
  • The Enlightenment
    • Spread of Scientific Ideas
    • Attitudes
    • Opposition to Religion
  • Classical Science
    • Astronomy
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Geology
    • Medicine
  • The Industrial Revolution
    • The Agricultural Revolution of the 17th-18th Centuries
    • The Revolution in the Manufacture of Textiles
    • The Revolution in Power
      • Railroads
      • Steamships
    • The Great Engineers
    • The Process of Industrialization
    • New Technologies
      • The Steel Industry
      • The Chemical Industry
      • Electricity
      • Efficiency, Automation and the Assembly Line
      • Aviation
      • Confidences and Disasters
  • New Science: Darwin, Freud, Einstein
    • General
    • Geology
    • Biology: Red in Tooth and Claw
      • Reaction to Darwin
      • Social Implications of Evolution
    • Mathematics
    • Physics: The End of the Classical Synthesis
    • Chemistry
    • Astronomy
    • Psychology: The Obscurity of the Mind
    • Philosophical Reflections: The End of Reason?
    • Science and War Technology
    • Scientists Reflections on Science and Meaning
  • Science, Technology and the Transformation in the Means of Production
    • Biology: The DNA Revolution
    • Space Exploration
    • Computers
    • Knowledge Based Production
    • The Internet
    • The World Environment: Cornucopeian Plenty or a Crisis Situation
  • Moral Issues and Modern Science
    • Use of Atomic Bomb
    • Genetics and Human Society
  • Further Resources in the History of Science
    • Webguides
    • Source Material
    • Other


  • 2ND Thomas S. Kuhn: Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 1962 [Was At Emory, now Internet Archive]
    Very good summary of theories of an important modern theorist of the idea of scientific revolution.
  • Wikipedia: History of Science
  • Women in the History of Science A Sourcebook, Edited by Hannah Wills, Sadie Harrison, Erika Jones, Farrah Lawrence-Mackey and Rebecca Martin , 2023 [At UCL] [Local backup version here]
    This is the full text of a sourcebook with 50 documents, and discussion about women in the history of science. At some points the usual definition of "science" is pushed somewhat. [Published w under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work)]

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Latin Christendom

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Scientific Revolution

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The Enlightenment

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Classical Science

The "Scientific Revolution" - understood as the time when a "paradigm shift" took place, ended with Newton's achievements. From the late 17th century until the late 19th century that vision of the cosmos was developed and filled in by what we now call "classical science". The achievements of this period have not been negated by the discoveries and theories of the late 19th and 20th centuries, but are now seen as accurate only with certain boundaries.

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The Industrial Revolution

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New Science: Darwin, Freud, Einstein

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Science, Technology and the Transformation in the Means of Production

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Moral Issues and Modern Science

Use of Atomic Bomb

Genetics and Human Society

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Further Resources in the History of Science

[Note this was once quite an extensive section, but guides to the web turned out to be very hard to maintain. Good advice now is to look up History of Science topics on Wikipedia and consult the further resources links at the bottom of many articles. Wikipedia is never a place to end research but it is a good place to start.]

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The Internet History of Science Sourcebook is part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project. The date of inception was 1998. Links to files at other site are indicated by [At some indication of the site name or location]. WEB indicates a link to one of small number of high quality web sites which provide either more texts or an especially valuable overview.

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© Site Concept and Design: Paul Halsall created 26 Jan 1996: latest revision 12 July 2024 [CV]