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Science at Oxford, 1914-1939Transforming an Arts University$
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Jack Morrell

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206576.001.0001

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Small Sciences

Small Sciences

(p.217) 6 Small Sciences
Science at Oxford, 1914-1939

Jack Morrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the developments in the teaching of the so-called small sciences at Oxford University in England from 1914 to 1939. These small sciences include botany, zoology, geology, mineralogy and crystallography, astronomy, history of science, and history of anthropology. These subjects were recognized by the university with a chair, a readership, and a curatorship but they existed almost totally outside the colleges. These subjects were not only peripheral to the colleges, they were small and attracted only a few undergraduates and in some cases regular teaching was not offered.

Keywords:   Oxford University, small sciences, botany, zoology, geology, mineralogy, astronomy, science curriculum, England

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