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Controversies over Evolution Theory in the Science Monthly, 1970 2006

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Heng-An Chen
Department of History, National Cheng Kung University

Established in 1970, Science Monthly is the pioneering and longest-lived popular science magazine in Taiwan. This paper focuses on the articles in this publication that deal with the theory of evolution and its cultural and social influences. Articles published in the last thirty years were analyzed, leading to the identification of five major issues: the conflict between science and religion, how to translate "evolution" into Chinese, the history of biology as a new discipline, whether "the origin of species" has suffered an eclipse, and discussions around the book The Great Dying.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 5 (October 2007), 183-227.

The Evolution of Astronomical Thought before Kepler: Copernicus and Tycho Brahe

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Dong-Yuan Tai
The Center of Humanities Education, Providence University

This paper traces the evolutionary path of western astronomical thoughts from Copernicus to Kepler by utilizing the notion of theory version. Like the paradigm theory and research programme methodology, the theory of theory version is also a philosophical one, but it has a view of its own. Unlike other philosophical theories emphasizing why and how a grand scientific theory (a paradigm or a research programme) was accepted or rejected, theory version focuses on each individual scientist's own knowledge-claims and shows how these claims come to be accepted or rejected by successors.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 5 (October 2007), 111-182.
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