This WEMSK 10 is on Medieval Science. This is, as usual, a large
field, and I will just get you started.
1. The standard periodical bibliography is: Isis critical
bibliography of the history of science. Washington, D.C. : The
Smithsonian Institution; Minneapolis, MN: History of Science
Society, 1913-. This is the bibliography of ISIS, the organ of the
History of Science Society. If your library does not have it, it is
abstracted by many abstracting services. It has also been cumulated
by Magda Whitrow, ed., Isis Cumulative Bibliography, 1-90 (1913-
1965). 5 vols. and Supplement (London: Mansell [for the History of
Science Society]), a very comfortable format for consultation. John
Neu published an additional volume (Personalities and Institutions)
2. It is interesting to look at the yearbook: History of Science,
ed. A. C. Crombie (Bucks, Engl.: Science History Publications,
1962-). "A review of literature and research in the history of
science, medicine and technology in its intellectual and social
context." Various formats.
3. There is a short one-volume bibliography: Claudia Kren, Medieval
Science and Technology: a Selected, Annotated Bibliography. Garland
Reference Library of the Humanities 494 (New York: Garland Pub.,
1985). 1470 items.
4. A good short introduction is: Alistair C. Crombie, Medieval and
Early Modern Science, 2 vols., 2d. ed. (Cambridge: Harvard UP,
1961). Vol. 1 is: Science in the Middle Ages, 5th to 13th
5. You might like also: Rene Taton, A General History of the
Sciences. Transl. A. J. Pomerans, 4 vols. (London: Basic Books,
1964-66). Vol. 1: Ancient and Medieval Science from the Beginnings
6. A good selection: Edward Grant, ed., A Source Book in Medieval
Science (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1974). Ca. 190 selections, some
bibliography and biography.
7. A good collection of articles: David C. Lindberg, ed., Science
in the Middle Ages (Chicago: UChP, 1978).
8. Lynn Thorndike, A History of Magic and Experimental Science, 8
vols. (NY: Columbia UP, 1923-58). Excellent, with good
bibliographical references; only the first three vols. concern us.
10. Your best port of call for intensive work is: George Sarton,
Introduction to the History of Science (Washington: Carnegie
Institution of Washington, 1927). The following information-
packed, large sized volumes: v.1. From Homer to Omar Khayyam. --
v.2, pts. 1 & 2: From Rabbi Ben Ezra to Roger Bacon. -- v.3, pts.
1 & 2: Science and learning in the fourteenth century.
11. You will need to remember: A catalogue of incipits of mediaeval
scientific writings in Latin. Rev. and augm. ed. by Lynn
Thorndike and Pearl Kibre. Mediaeval Academy of America
publication no. 29 (Cambridge, Mass.: Mediaeval Academy of
12. Additional materials will be found under our section on
Mechanics in the Middle Ages.