Ciência & Educação (Bauru)
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MARTINS, Lilian Al-Chueyr Pereira. History of Science: purposes, methods and problems. Ciênc. educ. (Bauru) [online]. 2005, vol.11, n.2, pp. 305-317. ISSN 1516-7313. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-73132005000200011.
The aim of this paper is to help people who are starting History of Science research, especially concerning a definite kind of work to which we dedicate ourselves. It deals with the choice of a suitable research subject, the kinds of sources in History of Science, as well as some problems which may be found in the works on History of Science. This study leads to the conclusion that beginners learn how to do History of Science research through the praxis and that a person becomes a good historian of science in the long term.
Keywords : History of Science research methodology; primary sources; secondary sources.