States of secrecy: an introduction

@article{Vermeir2012StatesOS,
  title={States of secrecy: an introduction},
  author={Koen Vermeir and D{\'a}niel Marg{\'o}csy},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={45},
  pages={153 - 164}
}
Abstract This introductory article provides an overview of the historiography of scientific secrecy from J.D. Bernal and Robert Merton to this day. It reviews how historians and sociologists of science have explored the role of secrets in commercial and government-sponsored scientific research through the ages. Whether focusing on the medieval, early modern or modern periods, much of this historiography has conceptualized scientific secrets as valuable intellectual property that helps… 

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