Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

History of Artificial Cold, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Issues

Editors: Gavroglu, Kostas (Ed.)

  • Discusses technological and scientific dimensions as well as cultural implications  
  • Contains details of the  discovery of the unexpected and “bizarre” phenomena of superconductivity and superfluidity    
  • Focuses on issues related to the production and exploitation of artificial cold ​
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About this book

The history of artificial cold has been a rather intriguing interdisciplinary subject (physics, chemistry, technology, sociology, economics, anthropology, consumer studies) which despite some excellent monographs and research papers, has not been systematically exploited. It is a subject with all kinds of scientific, technological as well as cultural dimensions. For example, the common home refrigerator has brought about unimaginably deep changes to our everyday lives changing drastically eating habits and shopping mentalities. From the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st, issues related to the production and exploitation of artificial cold have never stopped to provide us with an incredibly interesting set of phenomena, novel theoretical explanations, amazing possibilities concerning technological applications and all encompassing cultural repercussions. The discovery of the unexpected and “bizarre” phenomena of superconductivity and superfluidity, the necessity to incorporate macroscopic quantum phenomena to the framework of quantum mechanics, the discovery of Bose-Einstein condensation and high temperature superconductivity, the use of superconducting magnets for high energy particle accelerators, the construction of new computer hardware, the extensive applications of cryomedicine, and the multi billion industry of frozen foods, are some of the more dramatic instances in the history of artificial cold. ​

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“In History of Artificial Cold, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Issues, editor Kostas Gavroglu has brought together a well-balanced and very readable collection of essays on the history of the investigation and use of ‘cold.’ … the collection is well worth reading. … As an instructor, I would certainly suggest it to a student as a starting point for more detailed research on the subject of cold in science and society.” (Andrew Ede, Metascience, December, 2014)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Historiographical Issues in the History of Cold

    Gavroglu, Kostas

    Pages 1-17

  • Early Modern History of Cold: Robert Boyle and the Emergence of a New Experimental Field in Seventeenth Century Experimental Philosophy

    Christopoulou, Christiana

    Pages 21-51

  • James Dewar and His Route to the Liquefaction of Hydrogen

    Rowlinson, J. S.

    Pages 53-64

  • The Cryogenic Laboratory of Heike Kamerlingh Onnes: An Early Case of Big Science

    Delft, Dirk

    Pages 65-81

  • Superconductivity—A Challenge to Modern Physics

    Joas, Christian (et al.)

    Pages 83-92

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  • Due: October 7, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0016-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
History of Artificial Cold, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Issues
Editors
  • Kostas Gavroglu
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
299
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7199-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7199-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7198-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0016-8
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 288
Number of Illustrations and Tables
41 b/w illustrations
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