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Archimedes

Scientific Credibility and Technical Standards in 19th and early 20th century Germany and Britain

In 19th and Early 20th Century Germany and Britain

Editors: Buchwald, Jed Z. (Ed.)

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The articles in this first volume of ARCHIMEDES explicitly and intentionally cross boundaries between science and technology, and they also illuminate one another. The first three contributions concern optics and industry in 19th century Germany; the fourth concerns electric standards in Germany during the same period; the last essay in the volume examines a curious development in the early history of wireless signalling that took place in England, and that has much to say about the establishment and enforcement of standard methods in a rapidly-developing technology that emerged out of a scientific effect. Historical work over the last few decades has shown that technology cannot be characterized simply, or even usually, as applied science. The beliefs, the devices, and the natural objects that are created or discovered by scientists, often play altogether minor roles in the construction of technologies. Taking this realization as a given, the essays in Scientific Credibility and Technical Standards effectively argue that we must now seek to go beyond it; we must also begin to think carefully about the role that science actually did play when it was explicitly deployed by technologists.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Buying the Dark Lines of the Solar Spectrum: Joseph Von Fraunhofer’s Standard for the Manufacture of Optical Glass

    Pages 1-22

    Jackson, Myles W.

  • Ernst Abbe, Carl Zeiss, and the Transformation of Microscopical Optics

    Pages 23-66

    Feffer, Stuart M.

  • The Zeiss Werke and the Ultramicroscope: The Creation of a Scientific Instrument in Context

    Pages 67-115

    Cahan, David

  • Precision, Tolerance, and Consensus: Local Cultures in German and British Resistance Standards

    Pages 117-156

    Olesko, Kathryn M.

  • Syntony and Credibility: John Ambrose Fleming, Guglielmo Marconi, and the Maskelyne Affair

    Pages 157-176

    Hong, Sungook

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientific Credibility and Technical Standards in 19th and early 20th century Germany and Britain
Book Subtitle
In 19th and Early 20th Century Germany and Britain
Editors
  • Jed Z. Buchwald
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
1
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-1784-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-1784-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4241-0
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4762-0
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 182
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