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Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

Edited by David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226487267
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226487298 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.001.0001
Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

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This book gathers essays that examine science in this significant period and show how each is embedded in wider systems of meaning, authority, and identity. Chapters from a range of contributors explore the places of creation, the paths of knowledge transmission and reception, and the import of exchange networks at various scales. Studies range from the inspection of the places of London science, which show how different scientific sites operated different moral and epistemic economies, to the scrutiny of the ways in which the museum space of the Smithsonian Institution and the expansive space of the American West produced science and framed geographical understanding. This volume makes clear that the science of this era varied in its constitution and reputation in relation to place and personnel, in its nature by virtue of its different epistemic practices, in its audiences, and in the ways in which it was put to work.

Keywords: science; knowledge transmission; knowledge reception; exchange networks; London; nineteenth century; Smithsonian Institution; American West; epistemic practices; scientific audiences

Book.  536 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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