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Astronomers mark time: discipline and the personal equation
It is often assumed that all sciences travel the path of increasing precision and quantification. It is also assumed that such processes transcend the boundaries of rival scientific disciplines. TheExpand
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The Sciences in Enlightened Europe
This text explores the complex relations between "enlightened" values and the making of scientific knowledge. Here monsters and automata, barometers and botanical gardens, polite academies andExpand
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Experimenters' Techniques, Dyers' Hands, and the Electric Planetarium
During the 1730s a number of fellows of the Royal Society of London worked on a device they called an "electric planetarium," which its inventor, the Kentish dyer Stephen Gray, claimed was aExpand
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The show that never ends: perpetual motion in the early eighteenth century
La roue de Bessler (J.) au mouvement perpetuel a contribue au developpement technologique de diverses machines et appareils
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How Disciplines Look
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Scientific Discoveries and the End of Natural Philosophy
Recent sociological studies of scientific discovery have challenged the assumption that such discoveries are easily identifiable processes which take place in the mind of heroic discoverers. In thisExpand
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Seriality and Scientific Objects in the Nineteenth Century
Perhaps the ‘book’, as it has been called, of nature is regularly paged; if so, no doubt the introductory parts will explain those that follow, and the methods taught in the first chapters will beExpand
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Newton on the Beach: The Information Order of Principia Mathematica
It is one of the most celebrated of Isaac Newton’s obiter dicta. Like many such, its provenance is hazy. The literary reference may well be to a passage from John Milton’s great redemptive poemExpand
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