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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 5: Historical Writing Since 1945$
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Axel Schneider and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199225996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199225996.001.0001

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The Historiography of Science and Technology

The Historiography of Science and Technology

(p.177) Chapter 9 The Historiography of Science and Technology
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Seymour Mauskopf

Alex Roland

Oxford University Press

This chapter links the history of science with the related but less well-studied history of technology. Science and technology have evolved so rapidly in the last sixty years that historians must constantly revise their definitions of these fields and their understanding of their historical dynamics. The relationship between science and technology seemed to change, from a linear model of technology as applied science, to a more complex and interactive model often labelled ‘technoscience’. As historians of science and technology experienced the transformation of modern technoscience, they had to develop new concepts, methodologies, and theories to explain what they were witnessing. Moreover, they had to think about unprecedented topics, such as ‘big science’, particle physics, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and photonics. Their attempts to understand the rapidly evolving worlds of science and technology going on about them suggested new ways of thinking about previous historical eras.

Keywords:   science, technology, technoscience, big science, particle physics, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, photonics, history

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