Making Space for Science

Making Space for Science : Territorial Themes in the Shaping of Knowledge

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In recent years there has been a growing recognition that a mature analysis of scientific and technological activity requires an understanding of its spatial contexts. Without these contexts, indeed, scientific practice as such is scarcely conceivable. Making Space for Science brings together contributors with diverse interests in the history, sociology and cultural studies of science and technology since the Renaissance. The editors aim to provide a series of studies, drawn from the history of science and engineering, from sociology and sociology and science, from literature and science, and from architecture and design history, which examine the spatial foundations of the sciences from a number of complementary perspectives.show more

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  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 141 x 222mm | 585g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • illustrations, bibliography, index
  • 0333652606
  • 9780333652602

Table of contents

List of Illustrations - Preface - Notes on the Contributors - Introduction: Making Space for Science; J.Agar & C.Smith - PART 1: OF THE TERRITORY - Projection and the Ubiquitous Virtue of Geometry in the Renaissance; J.Bennett - From the Alps to Egypt (and Back Again): Dolomieu, Scientific Voyaging, and the Construction of the Field in Eighteenth-Century Natural History; A.Cooper - 'I Do Know the Machinery of the Universe': System and Individuality in Edgar Allan Poe's Eureka; I.Higginson - PART 2: OF WORKING CLASSES - 'A Most Important Trespass': Lewis Gordon and the Glasgow Chair of Civil Engineering and Mechanics 1840-1855; B.Marsden - 'Nowhere but in a Great Town': William Thomson's Spiral of Class-room Credibility; C.Smith - PART 3: OF PASTORAL PRIVILEGES - Physics Laboratories and the Victorian Country House; S.Schaffer - Spatial Imagery in Nineteenth-century Representations of Science: Faraday and Tyndall; A.Jenkins - PART 4: OF METROPOLITAN SPACES - 'But Indifferently Lodged...': Perception and Place in Building for Science in Victorian London; S.Forgan - The Premisses of Premises: Spatial Issues in the Historical Construction of Laboratory Credibility; G.Gooday - East Transit. Crossing the Border between Physics and Chemistry in Mid-nineteenth Century France; M.Dorries PART 5: OF RESEARCH SITES - Screening Science: Spatial Organization and Valuation at Jodrell Bank; J.Agar - Biotechnology's Private Parts (and some Public Ones); T.F.Gieryn - 'Nobody can Force you when you are across the Ocean': Face to Face and E-mail Exchanges Between Theoretical Physicists; M.Merz - Afterword: Scientific Knowledge, Power and Space; A.Dolby - Bibliography - Indexshow more