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A Final StoryScience, Myth, and Beginnings$
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Nasser Zakariya

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226476124

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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A Final Story
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Nasser Zakariya

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.003.0001

Contemporary scientific universal history instantiates one among a set of “genres of synthesis,” varied modes for organizing and orienting knowledge. From the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, through figures such as Kant, Laplace, Hegel, and William Herschel, universal history maintains a connection to the tradition of synthetic natural and scientific histories, the future course of which is considered in the following chapters. These follow authorship networks, relating and contrasting historical synthesis to other modes of connecting scientific results and researchers. The book documents the emergence, contestations, circulation, and institutionalization of universal histories along with (instances of) the genres upon which they depend and which they inform.

Keywords:   universal history, scientific epic, cosmic evolution, genre of synthesis

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