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#118528 - 12/30/03 08:50 PM The coiner of scientist?
WhitmanO'Neill Offline
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Science/Nature section of my paper says today:

>Nineteenth-century philosopher William Whewell invented the word 'scientist'. Before that, the fitting descriptive terms were either 'man of science' or 'natural philosopher'.

>Whewell wrote on a wide array of topics, from mineralogy and geology to political economy and theology to architecture and mechanics.

>Among the other words he invented were 'anode', 'cathode', and 'ion'.

>He is best known today for his writing on the history and philosophy of science that led to debates with other 19th century philosophers. In the 20th century, critics of logical postivism rediscovered these writings.

So, 'tis it so?...the word stuff that is?

(and, hmmm, the philosophy of science, some here might find that a bit oxymoronic, to say the least. Must...resist...starting...another [duck-for-cover] philosphy thread. Let's try to stick to the word coinages here [ahem])


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#118529 - 12/30/03 09:04 PM Re: The coiner of scientist?
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The Online Etymology Dictionary agrees:
science - c. 1340, from O.Fr. science, from L. scientia "knowledge," from sciens (gen. scientis), prp. of scire "to know," related to scindere "to cut, divide." Modern sense of "non-arts studies" is from 18c. Science fiction first recorded 1929; abbreviated form sci-fi is from 1955.
scientific - 1589, from M.Fr. scientifique, from M.L. scientificus, from L. scientia "knowledge" (see science) + -ficus "making" + facere "to make." Originally used to translate Gk. epistemonikos "making knowledge" in Aristotle's "Ethics." Scientist coined 1834 by William Whewell.

http://www.etymonline.com/s3etym.htm
How is his last name pronounced?


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#118530 - 12/30/03 09:16 PM Re: The coiner of scientist?
WhitmanO'Neill Offline
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>pronounced?<

I'm pronouncing it HUE-wil. But it's the first I've seen it.


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#118531 - 12/30/03 09:20 PM Re: making change
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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HUE-wil
you-well may have it...

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