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"It is a pleasure to welcome this collection of new essays on the changing role of science in the Atlantic World...The editors have sought to recover stories of navigation, conquest, and settlement that earlier historians have sought to simplify; and in this, they have admirably succeeded...This book will be a useful addition to the libraries of all who study science and empire." -- Roy McLeod, Isis, the Journal of the History of Science Society 'Dew and Delbourgo have managed to square the circle of edited collections: bringing together a diverse set of essays to target an important historiographical issue.' -- British Journal for the History of Science 'Science and Empire in the Atlantic World is one of those rare collections that offers not just new answers but changes the very questions for research. Its collaborative and comprehensive portrayal of many Atlantics and the multiple forms of knowledge they generated will ensure that neither the history of science nor Atlantic history will ever look the same again.' -- David Armitage, co-editor of The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800 'This superb collection of essays teaches us that the origins of early modern science and the Atlantic expansion cannot be rent asunder. This book puts the periphery-center paradigm on its head.' -- Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, author of Nature, Empire, And Nation: Explorations of the History of Science in the Iberian World 'Science and Empire in the Atlantic World sets a new basis for research and teaching in the intellectual history of the interactions of Europe, Africa, and the Americas. It deserves the attention of every scholar of the cultural history of Imperialism.' -- Richard Drayton, author of Nature's Government: Science, Imperial Britain, and the "Improvement" of the World 'In this impressive and cleverly-organized group of essays, historians of the sciences explore the systems of negotiation, exploration, and circulation that developed in the Americas and Atlantic networks in the three centuries after European invasion and settlement. The result is a startling reorientation of familiar maps of knowledge, technique, and power. The richly documented studies make for indispensable reading.' --Simon Schaffer, co-editor of The Sciences in Enlightened Europe "This volume serves as an excellent introduction to the application of recent work in the history of science to the world of the colonial Atlantic Empires as sites of knowledge gathering." - Jordan Kellman, International Journal of Maritime History, December 2010 (Volume XXII, No. 2)

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James Delbourgo is Assistant Professor of History and Chair of History and Philosophy of Science at McGill University. He is the author of A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders: Electricity and Enlightenment in Early America.

Nicholas Dew is Assistant Professor of History at McGill University, where he teaches early modern European history and history of science. He is the author of Orientalism in Louis XIV’s France.


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