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The field had begun to professionalize in the 1940s and 1950s in Europe and in the United States, with programs in this country at Harvard, Wisconsin and Cornell. Moreover, a research and pedagogical literature was coming into existence; I still have my copy of A. Rupert Hall’s The Scientific Revolution, 1500–1800: the Formation of the Modern Scientific Attitude,3 used in Guerlac’s history of science course at Cornell. Thomas Kuhn’s The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought4 was published in 1957, and, in that year, the program at Wisconsin staged a conference both to take stock of and to prioritize the emerging research field.
That halcyon year was my introduction to archival research. It was clear ahead of time—and this was the attraction of the problem—that the period of French scientific preeminence in the world coincided with that in which political and military events centering in France were a turning point in modern history. The question was: what did these sets of developments have to do with each other? In the process of working that out amid the minutiae of the documents and the magnitude of all that happened in both domains, I came to feel that what I shall call the public history of science may better be elucidated through the medium of events, institutions, and practices than through abstract configurations of ideas and culture.
20. Maurice P. , Science in France in the Revolutionary Era, Described by Thomas Bugge. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 1970. Nature 228 (31 October 1970), 479–480. 21. Arthur M. Wilson, Diderot. New York: Oxford University Press, 1972. Historia Mathematica 2 (1975), 342–344. 22. John Graham Smith, The Origins and Early Development of the Chemical Industry in France. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979. Isis 72 (1981), 133. 12 Publications by Charles Coulston Gillispie 23. Jack Worrell and Arnold Thackray, Gentlemen of Science: Early Years of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.