The Spaces of Knowledge: Contributions towards a Historical Geography of Science

  title={The Spaces of Knowledge: Contributions towards a Historical Geography of Science},
  author={David N. Livingstone},
  journal={Environment and Planning D: Society and Space},
  pages={34 - 5}
  • D. Livingstone
  • Published 1995
  • Sociology
  • Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
In recent times there has been a remarkable spatial turn within a variety of academic discourses. Historians, social theorists, anthropologists, and philosophers have all redrawn attention to the constitutive significance of place and space, site and situation, locality and territoriality. After briefly sketching some of the major features of this ‘geographical recovery’, I examine some of its implications for the study of the scientific enterprise. Such issues as the regionalisation of… Expand
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