The House of Experiment in Seventeenth-Century England

@article{Shapin1988TheHO,
  title={The House of Experiment in Seventeenth-Century England},
  author={Steven Shapin},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1988},
  volume={79},
  pages={373 - 404}
}
  • S. Shapin
  • Published 1 September 1988
  • Education
  • Isis
M SUBJECT is the place of experiment. I want to know where experimental science was done. In what physical and social settings? Who was in attendance at the scenes in which experimental knowledge was produced and evaluated? How were they arrayed in physical and social space? What were the conditions of access to these places, and how were transactions across their thresholds managed? The historical materials with which I am going to deal are of special interest. Seventeenth-century England… 
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