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Science, Print, and Crossing Borders: Importing French Science Books into Britain, 1789–1815

Edited by Jonathan R. Topham

in Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226487267
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226487298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0013
Science, Print, and Crossing Borders: Importing French Science Books into Britain, 1789–1815

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This chapter examines the idea of knowledge in transit and on the ways in which printed matter crossed borders. It analyzes several cases studies including Laplace's physics, Lavoisier's chemistry and Lamarck's natural history and shows that the circulation of scientific knowledge was critically dependent upon the mediation of others between author and audience. This chapter also discusses the several interlinking geographies that are operating in the flow of scientific knowledge.

Keywords: knowledge in transit; scientific knowledge; borders; Laplace; physics; Lavoisier; chemistry; Lamarck; natural history

Chapter.  14326 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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