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American Science and the Pursuit of Useful Knowledge in the Polite Eighteenth Century

@inproceedings{Webster2010AmericanSA,
  title={American Science and the Pursuit of Useful Knowledge in the Polite Eighteenth Century},
  author={Elizabeth Webster},
  year={2010}
}
by Elizabeth E. Webster In this thesis, I will examine the promotion of science, or “useful knowledge,” in the polite eighteenth century. Historians of England and America have identified the concept of “politeness” as a key component for understanding eighteenth-century culture. At the same time, the term “useful knowledge” is also acknowledged to be a central concept for understanding the development of the early American scientific community. My dissertation looks at how these two ideas… Expand