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Afterword Putting the Geography of Science in Its Place

Edited by Nicolaas Rupke

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/9780226487298.003.0017
Afterword Putting the Geography of Science in Its Place

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This chapter examines the spatialist approach in relation to the geographies of science in the nineteenth century. It discusses the spatial turn in the history of science and analyzes several relevant studies including those of Alexander von Humboldt, Carl Ritter and Alphonse de Candolle. This chapter suggests that the sites and spaces identified in this volume are not merely realities “out there” that we discover and record, but are assignments of place by historians that reflect our place and serve to instrumentalize the prestige of science for a range of self-serving purposes.

Keywords: geography of science; nineteenth century; spatialist approach; Alexander von Humboldt; Carl Ritter; Alphonse de Candolle; history of science

Chapter.  6611 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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