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Indicative Reading List

The following is a selective list of primary and secondary sources that will be considered in the course of the module. A more detailed list of readings will be available on these pages from September 2020.

Primary Sources

• Scientific treatises in English, such as Galileo Galilei’s Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems and Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species.
• Scientific articles such as those available in the online archive of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London
• Digitised manuscript collections, such those on the webpages of the Board of Longitude Project (18th-century astronomy and navigation) and the Newton Project (17-18th-century astronomy and alchemy), and the Casebooks Project (16th-century medicine and magic).
• Works of literature, such as Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
• Popular periodicals, such as the Gentleman’s Magazine (18th century)
• Rare books held at the Warwick Library, such as the collection of early modern dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

Secondary Sources

• Bowler, Peter and Iwan Morus, Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2005)
• Elman, Benjamin, On Their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550-1900 (Harvard, MA, 2009)
• Golinski, Jan, Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998)
• Heilbron, John. The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science (Oxford University Press, 2003)
• Jardine, Nick, James Secord and Emma Spary (eds), Cultures of Natural History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)
• Lindberg, David, and Ronald Numbers (eds), The Cambridge History of Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), vols 1-7
• Pickstone, John, Ways of Knowing: A New History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000)
• Raj, Kapil, Relocating Modern Science: Circulation and the Construction of Knowledge in South Asia and Europe, 1650-1900 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007)
• Selin, Helaine, ed. Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Third edition (Dordrecht: Springer Reference, 2016)