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American Science in the Age of Jackson
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In this first effort to define an American scientific community, originally published in 1968, George Daniels has chosen for special study the 56 scientists most published in the 16 scientific journals identified as “national” during the period 1815 to 1845. In this reprint edition, with a new preface and introduction, Daniels shows how American scientists emerged from a disorganized group of amateurs into a professional body sharing a common orientation and common goals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface to the 1994 Edition
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. 1. The Pursuit of Science in America, 1815-1845
  2. pp. 6-33
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  1. 2. The Scientific Profession
  2. pp. 34-62
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  1. 3. The Reign of Bacon in America
  2. pp. 63-85
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  1. 4. The Philosophy in Action
  2. pp. 86-101
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  1. 5. A Deluge of Facts
  2. pp. 102-117
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  1. 6. The Limits of Baconianism: History and the Imponderables
  2. pp. 118-137
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  1. 7. Finalism, Positivism, and Scientific Explanation
  2. pp. 138-162
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  1. 8. The Inductive Process and the Doctrine of Analogy
  2. pp. 163-190
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  1. 9. Science, Theology, and Common Sense
  2. pp. 191-200
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  1. Appendix I. Biographical and Bibliographical Sketches of Fifty-five Leading American Scientists of the Period 1815 to 1845
  2. pp. 201-228
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  1. Appendix II. American Scientific Journals, 1771-1849
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 233-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-282
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