Science, Scientists, and the History of Science in India (1966–94)

Dhruv Raina

in Images and Contexts

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780198068808
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080113 | DOI:
Science, Scientists, and the History of Science in India (1966–94)

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This chapter reviews a genre of the history of science appearing in the Indian Journal of History of Science that strictly observes the internal-external divide. One of the elements of this review is a bibliometric analysis that aims to identify the priorities of historians of science in India publishing in the journal. These priorities and the underlying historiography render certain kinds of problems amenable for research and investigation, and foreclose the pursuit of others. In attempting a social epistemology of the discipline, other themes and areas may be identified. While this review is partisan, it also seeks to evaluate the growth of the discipline in terms of the precepts set down by the founders of the journal itself. Rather than examining the avenues of professionalization of the discipline, this chapter focuses on the images of science that pervade the community of Indian scientists.

Keywords: India; science; historiography; scientists; Indian Journal of History of Science; bibliometric analysis

Chapter.  13378 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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