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Understanding Engine Science

Patrick Carroll

in Science, Culture, and Modern State Formation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932807 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247536.003.0002
Understanding Engine Science

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This chapter develops an evaluation of the cultural integration—in practice—of natural philosophy, mathematics, and engineering in the second half of the seventeenth century. It describes this integration with the term engine science. It conceptualizes engine science as a culture of inquiry characterized by a discourse of ingenuity; by practices of measuring, scoping, graphing, and manipulating; and by a material culture of tools, instruments, and engines.

Keywords: cultural integration; natural philosophy; mathematics; engineering; seventeenth century; engine science

Chapter.  9889 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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