Ceremonies of Measurement: Rethinking the World History of Science *

  title={Ceremonies of Measurement: Rethinking the World History of Science *},
  author={S. Schaffer},
  journal={Annales (English ed.)},
  pages={335 - 360}
Abstract The practices of measurement have long been taken as authoritative technologies that travel unusually well and easily across cultural boundaries, and as a sign and cause of the apparent dominance of Western modes of science. Attention to the rituals of measurement and to the emergence of the forms of knowledge that accompanied measurement, notably the sciences of metrology, helps challenge these assumptions. Stories of the silent trade, often located in western Africa, and of the… Expand
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