I just finished reading David Harriman's excellent essay The 19th-Century Atomic War in the Objective Standard. Mr. Harriman shows how philosophical ideas have a direct effect on practical and theoretical science. In particular he demonstrates the disasterous influence of the philosophy of Immanual Kant and his followers on the evolution of the Atomic Theory.
I highly recommend getting a subscription to the Objective Standard which can be had here. The fall issue is due out shortly so I urge signing up now.