No Other Gods, revised and expanded edition
On Science and American Social Thought
In its original edition, No Other Gods offered a pioneering and influential examination of the ways in which social institutions and values shaped American scientific practice and thought. In this revised and expanded edition, Rosenberg directs our attention to the dilemma posed by the social study of science: How can we reconcile the scientist's understanding of science as a quest for truth and knowledge with the historian's conviction that all knowledge bears the marks of the culture which gave it birth?
About the Author
Charles E. Rosenberg is the Janice and Julian Bers Professor of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of numerous books, including The Cholera Years and The Care of Strangers. He was recently honored with the History of Science Society's Sarton Medal, its most prestigious award.
"No Other Gods... is an excellent and important book. It ought to be read by a far larger community than that professionally concerned with the social history of science in America. Especially, it should be standard reading for all those practically concerned with the sociological treatment of natural knowledge, and it may be read as implicit sociology of knowledge."
"More than anyone else, [Rosenberg] has moved medicine from the periphery of the historical enterprise to a position much nearer the center. Around the world he is recognized as the leading medical historian of the late twentieth century."
"Charles Rosenberg is one of the finest social historians of medicine in the world."
"When No Other Gods first appeared in 1976 scholars praised its wide ranging yet coherent history of scientific enterprise and the multiple identities of science in American life. From Rosenberg our students learned to contextualize and discipline their historical inquiries. Today the book secures a dimension that was once ironically obscured by its breadth and our optimism and we see that Rosenberg has brilliantly exposed and emphasized the ambiguous moral contours of practice empowered by knowledge."
"No Other Gods had a tremendous impact on me when I started to teach and write about the many patterns in which science and American life are woven into each other. Rosenberg helped teach us how to pay attention to the rich detail and thick complexity of scientific and medical practice as an intrinsic part of culture."
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