1st Edition

The Routledge History of American Science

Edited By Timothy W. Kneeland Copyright 2023
    420 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge History of American Science provides an essential companion to the most significant themes within the subject area.

    The field of the history of science continues to grow and expand into new areas and to adopt new theories to explain the role of science and its connections to politics, economics, religion, social structures, intellectual history, and art. This book takes North America as its focus and explores the history of science in the region both nationally and internationally with 27 chapters from a range of disciplines. Part I takes a chronological look at the history of science in America, from its origins in the Atlantic World, through to the American Revolution, the Civil War, the World Wars, and ending in the postmodern era. Part II discusses American science in practice, from scientists as practitioners, laboratories and field experiences, to science and religion. Part III examines the relationship between science and power. The chapters touch on the intersection of science and imperialism, environmental science in U.S. politics, as well as capitalism and science. Finally, Part IV explores how science is embedded in the culture of the United States with topics such as the growing importance of climate science, the role of scientific racism, the construction of gender, and how science and disability studies converge. The final chapter reviews the way in which society has embraced or rejected science, with reflections on the recent pandemic and what it may mean for the future of American science.

    This book fills a much-needed gap in the history and historiography of American science studies and will be an invaluable guide for any student or researcher in the history of science in America.

    Timothy W. Kneeland

    PART I
    The History of American Science

    1. Science and the Atlantic World
      J. Marc McDonald
    2. Science in the American Revolution
    3. Sarah Naramore

    4. Science in the Early Republic
      David I. Spanagel
    5. Science in the Antebellum South
      Gregory Nobles
    6. Science in the Civil War and Reconstruction
      John P. Daly
    7. Science in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
      Paul Neinkamp
    8. Science From World War I to World War II
      Timothy W. Kneeland
    9. Science in the Cold War
      James R. Spiller
    10. Science in the Postmodern Era
      Krisztian Szabados
    11. PART II

      American Science in Practice

    12. Social Studies of Science
      Charles Thorpe
    13. Laboratories and Field Experiences
      Michael J Lannoo
    14. Science and Instrumentation
      Jennifer Croissant
    15. Science and History
      H.F. Cohen
    16. Science and Religion
      Gary B. Ferngren
    17. Science and the Social Sciences
      George Steinmetz

      PART III

      American Science and Power

    19. Science and U.S. Imperialism
      Joseph L. Graves
    20. Science and the Military
      Greg Whitesides
    21. Science, Technocracy, and Public Policy in the U.S
      Michael Lubell
    22. Environmental Science and Politics in the U.S.
      Christine Keiner
    23. Capitalism and Science
      Paul Lucier
    24. PART IV

      American Science and Society

    25. Climate Science
      Paul N. Edwards
    26. Structural Racism in U.S. Science
      Joseph Graves
    27. Gender and Science
      Leslie Madsen
    28. Science and Disability Studies
      Marion Andrea Schmidt
    29. Genetics in American Science
      Joseph L. Graves
    30. Science and Speciesism
      Jeroen Hopster
    31. Science in American Life
      John Durant


    Timothy W. Kneeland is Professor of history and politics at Nazareth College. He is the author of Declaring Disaster: Buffalo's Blizzard of ’77 and the Creation of FEMA (2021), Playing Politics with Natural Disaster: Hurricane Agnes, the 1972 Election, and the Origins of FEMA (2020), and Pushbutton Psychiatry: A Cultural History of Electroshock in America (2008).