This guide identifies areas of library support and library resources for persons interested in history of science.
Why learn history of science? Why introduce it into teaching?
Learning the recent history of a specific niche in science enables one to:
But why learn the older and deeper historical background of scientific research?
James Clerk Maxwell claimed that "It is of great advantage to the student of any subject to read the original memoirs on that subject, for science is always most completely assimilated when it is in the nascent state, ...." Maxwell, A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism. Perhaps one meaning of this statement is it is good to read the first (or early) development of scientific concept as a source of insight into the immediate challenges and problems that original scientific work addressed, before new ideas are taken for granted and are no longer subjected to scrutiny.
Other reasons to delve into the deep history of a field are these:
Finally, it is important to recognize that scientists cannot make fundamental advances without without a deep knowledge of the tradition up to the point he wrote; see Einstein as the Greatest of the Nineteenth Century Physicists for an example.