Pump and Circumstance: Robert Boyle's Literary Technology

@article{Shapin1971PumpAC,
  title={Pump and Circumstance: Robert Boyle's Literary Technology},
  author={S. Shapin},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  year={1971},
  volume={14},
  pages={481 - 520}
}
  • S. Shapin
  • Published 1971
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Social Studies of Science
Robert Boyle's experimental programme had as its end-product the generation of indisputable matters of fact. In this paper I analyze the resources used to produce these matters of fact, paying particular attention to linguistic practices. Experimental reports rich in circumstantial detail were designed to enable readers of the text to create a mental image of an experimental scene they did not directly witness. I call this `virtual witnessing', and its importance was as a means of enlarging the… Expand

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