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Science Between Myth and History: The Quest for Common Ground and Its Importance for Scientific Practice

José G. Perillán


Scientists regularly employ historical narrative as a rhetorical tool in their communication of science, yet there’s been little reflection on its effects within scientific communities and beyond. Science Between Myth and History begins to unravel these threads of influence. The stories scientists tell are not just poorly researched scholarly histories, they are myth-histories, a chimeric genre that bridges distinct narrative modes. This study goes beyond polarizing questions about who owns the history of science and establishes a common ground from which to better understand the messy and la ... More

Keywords: Storytelling, Mythology, History, Science, Rhetoric, Quantum, CRISPR, Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and L’Aquila Earthquake

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198864967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198864967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

José G. Perillán, author
Assistant Professor of Physics and STS, Vassar College