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Author Phillips, Denise, 1974-

Title Acolytes of nature : defining natural science in Germany, 1770-1850 / Denise Phillips.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012.

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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Although many of the practical and intellectual traditions that make up modern science date back centuries, the category of "science" itself is a relative novelty. In the early eighteenth century, the modern German word that would later mean "science," naturwissenschaft, was not even included in dictionaries. By 1850, however, the term was in use everywhere. Acolytes of Nature follows the emergence of this important new category within German-speaking Europe, tracing its rise from an insignificant eighteenth-century neologism to a defining rallying cry of modern German culture.
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Natural Knowledge and the Learned Public in the Enlightenment; 2. The Expanding Ranks of Nature's Friends; 3. Defending Learned Dignity; 4. Nature in a Local Microcosm; 5. Wooing the Polite Public; 6. The Nature of the Fatherland; 7. The Wellspring of Modernity; 8. The Particularity of Natural Science; Conclusion; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index.
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Subject Science -- Germany -- History -- 18th century.
Science -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Chronological Term 1700-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Phillips, Denise. Acolytes of Nature : Defining Natural Science in Germany, 1770-1850. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2012 9780226667379
ISBN 9780226667393 (electronic bk.)
0226667391 (electronic bk.)