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  1. Knowledge in Transit.James A. Secord - 2004 - Isis 95 (4):654-672.
    What big questions and large‐scale narratives give coherence to the history of science? From the late 1970s onward, the field has been transformed through a stress on practice and fresh perspectives from gender studies, the sociology of knowledge, and work on a greatly expanded range of practitioners and cultures. Yet these developments, although long overdue and clearly beneficial, have been accompanied by fragmentation and loss of direction. This essay suggests that the narrative frameworks used by historians of science need to (...)
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    Knowledge in Transit.James A. Secord - 2004 - Isis 95 (4):654-672.
    What big questions and large‐scale narratives give coherence to the history of science? From the late 1970s onward, the field has been transformed through a stress on practice and fresh perspectives from gender studies, the sociology of knowledge, and work on a greatly expanded range of practitioners and cultures. Yet these developments, although long overdue and clearly beneficial, have been accompanied by fragmentation and loss of direction. This essay suggests that the narrative frameworks used by historians of science need to (...)
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  3. Controversy in Victorian Geology: The Cambrian-Silurian Dispute.James A. Secord - 1988 - Journal of the History of Biology 21 (1):169-170.
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    Edinburgh Lamarckians: Robert Jameson and Robert E. Grant.James A. Secord - 1991 - Journal of the History of Biology 24 (1):1 - 18.
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    Cultures of Natural History.N. Jardine, J. A. Secord, James A. Secord & E. C. Spary - 1996 - Cambridge University Press.
    This copiously illustrated volume is the first systematic general work to do justice to the fruits of recent scholarship in the history of natural history. Public interest in this lively field has been stimulated by environmental concerns and through links with the histories of art, collecting and gardening. The centrality of the development of natural history for other branches of history - medical, colonial, gender, economic, ecological - is increasingly recognized. Twenty-four specially commissioned essays cover the period from the sixteenth (...)
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    Introduction.James A. Secord - 1993 - British Journal for the History of Science 26 (4):387-389.
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    Nature’s Fancy: Charles Darwin and the Breeding of Pigeons.James A. Secord - 1981 - Isis 72 (2):163-186.
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    Newton in the Nursery: Tom Telescope and the Philosophy of Tops and Balls, 1761–1838.James A. Secord - 1985 - History of Science 23 (2):127-151.
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    The Discovery of a Vocation: Darwin’s Early Geology.James A. Secord - 1991 - British Journal for the History of Science 24 (2):133-157.
    When HMS Beagle made its first landfall in January 1832, the twenty-two-year-old Charles Darwin set about taking detailed notes on geology. He was soon planning a volume on the geological structure of the places visited, and letters to his sisters confirm that he identified himself as a ‘geologist’. For a young gentleman of his class and income, this was a remarkable thing to do. Darwin's conversion to evolution by selection has been examined so intensively that it is easy to forget (...)
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    The Geological Survey of Great Britain as a Research School, 1839–1855.James A. Secord - 1986 - History of Science 24 (3):223-275.
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    Introduction.James A. Secord - 2009 - Isis 100 (3):537-541.
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    Revolutions in the head: Darwin, Malthus and Robert M. Young.James A. Secord - 2021 - British Journal for the History of Science 54 (1):41-59.
    The late 1960s witnessed a key conjunction between political activism and the history of science. Science, whether seen as a touchstone of rationality or of oppression, was fundamental to all sides in the era of the Vietnam War. This essay examines the historian Robert Maxwell Young's turn to Marxism and radical politics during this period, especially his widely cited account of the ‘common context’ of nineteenth-century biological and social theorizing, which demonstrated the centrality of Thomas Robert Malthus's writings on population (...)
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    Inventing the Scientific Revolution.James A. Secord - 2023 - Isis 114 (1):50-76.
    As a master narrative for understanding the emergence of the modern world, the concept of a seventeenth-century scientific revolution has been central to the history of science. It is generally believed that this key analytical framework was created in Europe and became widely used for the first time during the Cold War through the writings of Herbert Butterfield and Alexander Koyré. This view, however, is mistaken. The scientific revolution is largely a product of debates about social reconstruction in the United (...)
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    Essay Review: When Evolution Became Conversation: Vestiges of Creation, Its Readers, and Its Respondents in Victorian Britain. [REVIEW]James A. Secord & John M. Lynch - 2001 - Journal of the History of Biology 34 (3):565-579.
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    The J.H.B. bookshelf.Shirley A. Roe, James A. Secord, Keith R. Benson & Jane Malenschein - 1988 - Journal of the History of Biology 21 (2):351-356.
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    Geological Tensions in an Idyllic Field.James A. Secord, Malcolm Howells, Gary D. Couples & David Oldroyd - 2004 - Metascience 13 (1):1-27.
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    Like Engend'ring like: Heredity and Animal Breeding in Early Modern England. Nicholas Russell.James A. Secord - 1989 - Isis 80 (2):311-312.
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    Science in Context. Robert S. Cohen, Yehuda Elkana, Simon Schaffer, Gad Freudenthal.James A. Secord - 1990 - Isis 81 (2):289-290.
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    The Lamp of Learning: Two Centuries of Publishing at Taylor & Francis. W. H. Brock, A. J. Meadows.James A. Secord - 2001 - Isis 92 (2):366-367.
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    Ian Hesketh (ed.), Imagining the Darwinian Revolution Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2022. Pp. 352. ISBN 978-0-822-94708-0. $55.00 (hardcover). [REVIEW]James A. Secord - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Science:1-2.
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    Ian Hesketh (ed.), Imagining the Darwinian Revolution Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2022. Pp. 352. ISBN 978-0-822-94708-0. $55.00 (hardcover). – CORRIGENDUM. [REVIEW]James A. Secord - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Science:1-1.
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    Andrew Hunter . Thornton and Tully’s Scientific Books, Libraries, and Collectors: A Study of Bibliography and the Book Trade in Relation to the History of Science. xii + 405 pp., illus., tables, app., index. Fourth edition. Aldershot, England/Brookfield, Vt.: Ashgate, 2000. $139.95. [REVIEW]James A. Secord - 2003 - Isis 94 (3):566-567.
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    C. L. E. Lewis;, S. J. Knell . The Making of the Geological Society of London. ix + 471 pp., illus., index. London: Geological Society, 2009. £120. [REVIEW]James A. Secord - 2011 - Isis 102 (1):150-151.
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    Diarmid A. Finnegan, The Voice of Science: British Scientists on the Lecture Circuit in Gilded Age America Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021. Pp. xiii + 286. ISBN 978-0-8229-4681-6. $60.00 (hardback). [REVIEW]James A. Secord - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Science 55 (1):117-119.
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    History of Natural History William Glen, The Road to Jaramillo: Critical Years of the Revolution in Earth Science. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1982. Pp. xx + 459. ISBN 0-8047-1119-4. $37.50. [REVIEW]James A. Secord - 1984 - British Journal for the History of Science 17 (3):316-318.
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