Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in relation to recent developments and current research. The Handbook is in two volumes, divided across nine parts. Volume One includes commentaries on the history and geography of historical geography, and reviews how historical geographers have considered the appropriation, management and representation of landscape, the changing geographies of property, land, money and financial capital, and the demographic, medical and political analysis of the world's growing and mobile population. Volume Two shows how historical geographers have made significant contributions to geopolitical debates about the relationships between nation-states and empires, to environmental challenges posed by human interaction with the natural world, to studies of the cultural, intellectual and political implications of modern science and technology, and to investigations of communicative action, artefacts, performances and representations. The final part reviews the methodological and ethical challenges of historical geography as a publicly engaged research practice. Part 1: Histories and Geographies; Part 2: Land and Landscapes; Part 3: Property and Money; Part 4: Population and Mobility; Part 5: Territory and Geopolitics; Part 6: Environment and Nature; Part 7: Science and Technology; Part 8: Meaning and Communication; and Part 9: Studies in Practice.

Chapter 38: Science

Science

Science
Simon NaylorMatthew Goodman

Introduction

In a recent major companion to the history of science (Lightman 2016), something caught our attention. The book, of 40 substantive chapters, is subdivided into four main sections. Together with sections on scientific ‘Roles’ (the Alchemist, the Natural Philosopher, the Professional Scientist, and so on), ‘Communication’ and ‘Tools’, there is a section on ‘Places and Spaces’. Chapters there addressed topics such as the Observatory, the Field, the Laboratory, Domestic Science and the University. The historical geography of science, it would seem, is now so central to the history of science as to be part of the grammar of major texts in that field. Yet, it is remarkable to reflect on the fact that only about 20 years previously, historical geographers and ...

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