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Principal Aims

Documenting the establishment of modern science and technology in both European and non-European societies is essential to the attainment of a number of closely related aims and objectives:

Understanding how a particular scientific locality assimilates and institutionalizes the procedures and values of modern science cannot be based on knowledge of a single country alone. Rather, many localities of great cultural, political and economic diversity must be studied together. The attempt must be made to formulate a comparative analytical framework that will accord with theoretical perspectives in a number of academic disciplines while not requiring Procrustean contortion of the various cultural traditions. No small task, but a systematic start surely involves defining comparative categories based on the existing scholarly literature.

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