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I. Bernard Cohen
(1 Mar 1914 - 20 Jun 2003)

American science historian who was the first American to receive a Ph.D. in history of science. He published many books on the history of science, notably Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, the first English translation of Newton's work since 1729.


Science Quotes by I. Bernard Cohen (5 quotes)


All revolutionary advances in science may consist less of sudden and dramatic revelations than a series of transformations, of which the revolutionary significance may not be seen (except afterwards, by historians) until the last great step. In many cases the full potentiality and force of a most radical step in such a sequence of transformations may not even be manifest to its author.
— I. Bernard Cohen
The Newtonian Revolution (1980), 162.
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Although few expressions are more commonly used in writing about science than “science revolution,” there is a continuing debate as to the propriety of applying the concept and term “revolution” to scientific change. There is, furthermore, a wide difference of opinion as to what may constitute a revolution. And although almost all historians would agree that a genuine alteration of an exceptionally radical nature (the Scientific Revolution) occurred in the sciences at some time between the late fifteenth (or early sixteenth) century and the end of the seventeenth century, the question of exactly when this revolution occurred arouses as much scholarly disagreement as the cognate question of precisely what it was.
— I. Bernard Cohen
The Newtonian Revolution (1980), 3.
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History without the history of science, to alter slightly an apothegm of Lord Bacon, resembles a statue of Polyphemus without his eye—that very feature being left out which most marks the spirit and life of the person. My own thesis is complementary: science taught ... without a sense of history is robbed of those very qualities that make it worth teaching to the student of the humanities and the social sciences.
— I. Bernard Cohen
'The History of Science and the Teaching of Science', in I. Bernard Cohen and Fletcher G. Watson (eds.), General Education in Science (1952), 71.
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The seventeenth century witnessed the birth of modern science as we know it today. This science was something new, based on a direct confrontation of nature by experiment and observation. But there was another feature of the new science—a dependence on numbers, on real numbers of actual experience.
— I. Bernard Cohen
From The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life (2005), 36.
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[Howard] Aiken considered Babbage his intellectual “father.”
— I. Bernard Cohen
As stated in Howard Aiken: Portrait of a Computer Pioneer (2000), 61.
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See also:
  • 1 Mar - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Cohen's birth.
  • I. Bernard Cohen - context of quote “Science taught without history” - Medium image (500 x 250 px)
  • I. Bernard Cohen - context of quote “Science taught without history” - Large image (800 x 400 px)
  • The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life, by Bernard Cohen. - book suggestion.
  • Booklist for I. Bernhard Cohen.

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