1. Introduction : the historical sociology of scientific explanations 2. The break with the philosophical discourse on nature : the discovery of electrical conductivity 3. Explanation and experimentation transformed : Newton's studies of spectral colors 4. The public transaction of Newton's optical research 5. Remodeling human understanding : Locke's laboratory of the mind 6. Locke's doctrine of the faithful mind 7. Experimental philosophy : the gospel according to Boyle 8. Science as an institution of human understanding : conclusions.
Includes bibliographical references and index. Description based on print version record. First published 2004 by Ashgate Publishing.