Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures / edited by Helaine Selin.

  • Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer 1997
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1 online resource (LIV, 1117 p.)
  • 94-017-1416-9
  • Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English
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  • Wörterbuch.
  • English


  • The Encyclopaedia fills a gap in both the history of science and in cultural stud­ ies. Reference works on other cultures tend either to omit science completely or pay little attention to it, and those on the history of science almost always start with the Greeks, with perhaps a mention of the Islamic world as a trans­ lator of Greek scientific works. The purpose of the Encyclopaedia is to bring together knowledge of many disparate fields in one place and to legitimize the study of other cultures' science. Our aim is not to claim the superiority of other cultures, but to engage in a mutual exchange of ideas. The Western aca­ demic divisions of science, technology, and medicine have been united in the Encyclopaedia because in ancient cultures these disciplines were connected. This work contributes to redressing the balance in the number of reference works devoted to the study of Western science, and encourages awareness of cultural diversity. The Encyclopaedia is the first compilation of this sort, and it is testimony both to the earlier Eurocentric view of academia as well as to the widened vision of today. There is nothing that crosses disciplinary and geographic boundaries, dealing with both scientific and philosophical issues, to the extent that this work does. xi PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE EDITOR Many years ago I taught African history at a secondary school in Central Africa.

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University of Aberdeen Libraries: Sir Duncan Rice Library, Floor 5 Reference Ref Sc 509 Sel
British Library: Lending Collection q97/20894
British Library: General Reference Collection, St Pancras Reading Rooms SPHOA HLR 509.03
British Museum Library: Anthropology Library H1/KGA [SEL-]
University of Cambridge Libraries: University Library: Order in Reading Room 9001.b.9786
University of Cambridge Libraries: Needham Research Institute: East Asian History of Science: Main Library B000.1 SEL
University of Cambridge Libraries: Whipple Library: Reference collection REF (SCI 65)
Durham University Library: Bill Bryson Library, Level 3 Ref 509 ENC
University of East Anglia Library: Main Library: Oversize shelves Q124.8 ENC
University of Edinburgh Libraries: Main Library Closed Stack Ref. .50903 Enc.
University of Edinburgh Libraries: Contact the Main Library Science Stud. Lib.
London Metropolitan University Library: Holloway Road QR 509 ENC
University of Manchester Library: Main Library: Blue Area Floor 2 509
National Library of Scotland Online location
Open University Library: First Floor Open Shelves 509 ENC
University of Oxford Libraries: Balfour Library (Pitt Rivers Museum) 3A U sel
University of Oxford Libraries: Bodleian Library: Upper Reading Room Open Shelves Hist Q 124.8 ENC
University of Oxford Libraries: Corpus Christi College Library: Reference 509.03 Se (LARGE REF)
University of Oxford Libraries: Oriental Institute Library 190 Sel
University of Oxford Libraries: St Cross College Library 509 SE Oversize
Queen's University Belfast: McClay Floor 3 (Reference) Q124.8
University of Reading Library: University Library: 3rd Floor LARGE--F 509-ENC
Science Museum Library: Science Museum Library, Wroughton 5:93 ENCYCLOPAEDIA
Senate House Library, University of London: Senate House Library STACK SERVICE [Offsite Store] Reference Only 503 [Encyclopaedia]
UCL Library Services: UCL Science Library HISTORY OF SCIENCE QUARTOS A 2 SEL
Warburg Institute Library: Warburg Institute, Main RR 160
University of Warwick Library Online location Connect to Springer e-book
University of Warwick Library: Internet
Wellcome Library: Folios AB /SEL