The ‘Invisible Hand’ of Carl Friedrich Gauß—Retracing the Life of Moritz Meyerstein, a 19th century Instrument Maker and Universitäts-Mechanicus

@inproceedings{Hentschel2020TheH,
  title={The ‘Invisible Hand’ of Carl Friedrich Gau{\ss}—Retracing the Life of Moritz Meyerstein, a 19th century Instrument Maker and Universit{\"a}ts-Mechanicus},
  author={Klaus Hentschel},
  year={2020}
}
Nowadays the instrument maker Moritz Meyerstein (1808–1882) is a familiar name only among Gaus experts and curators of scientific-instrument collections. This chapter briefly summarizes my approach toward writing a documentary biography of this figure—the three-hundred-page book appeared as Volume 52 of the series Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Gottingen in 2005. My account can be read in a variety of ways: as a document-based biography of an excellent instrument maker from the… Expand
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