[IRTalk] The history of “scientist” | The Renaissance Mathematicus

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Jul 16 14:43:53 SAST 2016

First coined by William Whewell at the third annual meeting of the British
Association for the Advancement of Science in 1833 in response to Samuel
Taylor Coleridge’s strongly expressed objection to men of science using the
term philosopher to describe themselves, the term experienced a very
turbulent existence before its final grudging acceptance almost one hundred
years later. In her excellent post Melinda outlines that turbulent path to
acceptance, read and enjoy.

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