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Fors, H., Principe, L. M. & Sibum, H. O. (2016). From the Library to the Laboratory and Back Again: Experiment as a Tool for Historians of Science. Ambix, 63(2), 85-97
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From the Library to the Laboratory and Back Again: Experiment as a Tool for Historians of Science
2016 (English)In: Ambix, ISSN 0002-6980, E-ISSN 1745-8234, Vol. 63, no 2, p. 85-97Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-309511 (URN)10.1080/00026980.2016.1213009 (DOI)000385421400001 ()27578565 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2016-12-05 Created: 2016-12-05 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Ahnfelt, N.-O. & Fors, H. (2016). Reconstructing early modern pharmacy through "Elixir amarum Hiaernei" and its Theriac ancestor. Paper presented at 9th Joint Meeting of AFERP, ASP, GA, JSP, PSE and SIF, JUL 24-27, 2016, Copenhagen, DENMARK. Planta Medica, 82
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reconstructing early modern pharmacy through "Elixir amarum Hiaernei" and its Theriac ancestor
2016 (English)In: Planta Medica, ISSN 0032-0943, E-ISSN 1439-0221, Vol. 82Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Keywords
Early modern pharmacy, Theriac, Swedish bitters
National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-346846 (URN)10.1055/s-0036-1596907 (DOI)000411789300731 ()
Conference
9th Joint Meeting of AFERP, ASP, GA, JSP, PSE and SIF, JUL 24-27, 2016, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-03-27Bibliographically approved
Fors, H. (2015). The Limits of Matter: Chemistry, Mining and Enlightenment (1ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Limits of Matter: Chemistry, Mining and Enlightenment
2015 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Europeans raised a number of questions about the nature of reality and found their answers to be different from those that had satisfied their forebears. They discounted tales of witches, trolls, magic, and miraculous transformations and instead began looking elsewhere to explain the world around them. In The Limits of Matter, Hjalmar Fors investigates how conceptions of matter changed during the Enlightenment and pins this important change in European culture to the formation of the modern discipline of chemistry. Fors reveals how, early in the eighteenth century, chemists began to view metals no longer as ingredients for chrysopoeia –or gold making– but as elemental substances, or basic building blocks of matter. At the center of this emerging idea, argues Fors, was the Bureau of Mines of the Swedish state, which saw the practical and profitable potential of these materials in the economies of mining and smelting. By studying the bureau's chemists and their networks, and integrating their practices into the wider European context, Fors illustrates how they and their successors played a significant role in the development of our modern notion of matter and made a major contribution to the modern European view of reality. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. p. 241 Edition: 1
Series
Synthesis
Keywords
matter. philosophy, chemistry, history, mining engineering, history, enlightenment
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268868 (URN)978-0-226-19499-8 (ISBN)0-226-19499-x (ISBN)978-0.226-19504-9 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-12-10 Created: 2015-12-10 Last updated: 2015-12-10
Fors, H. (2015). Ways of Making and Knowing. The Material Culture of Empirical Knowledge [Review]. Ambix, 62(4), 395-396
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ways of Making and Knowing. The Material Culture of Empirical Knowledge
2015 (English)In: Ambix, ISSN 0002-6980, E-ISSN 1745-8234, Vol. 62, no 4, p. 395-396Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294826 (URN)000371132800013 ()
Available from: 2016-06-03 Created: 2016-05-27 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Fors, H. (2014). Elements in the Melting Pot: Merging chemistry, assaying and natural history, c. 1730-1760. Osiris, 29(1), 230-244
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Elements in the Melting Pot: Merging chemistry, assaying and natural history, c. 1730-1760
2014 (English)In: Osiris, ISSN 0369-7827, E-ISSN 1933-8287, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 230-244Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay examines how the modern concept of the chemical element emerged during the eighteenth century. It traces this concept to a group of assayers, mineralogists, and chemists active at the Swedish Bureau of Mines (Bergskollegium). Driven by a deep ontological pragmatism, these “mining chemists” came to regard all inquiries into the component parts of metals as useless speculation. Instead, metals were treated as immutable species that made mineralogical taxonomy possible. Their work was a form of Enlightenment boundary work, which associated chrysopoeia and the pursuit of the components of metals with superstition and disreputable activities such as astrology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chicago: , 2014
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-238653 (URN)10.1086/678105 (DOI)000348658600014 ()
Available from: 2014-12-15 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Fors, H. (2014). Hjälten utan ansikte: Om Carl Wilhelm Scheeles liv efter döden (1ed.). In: Staffan Bergwik, Michael Godhe, Anders Houltz, Magnus Rodell (Ed.), Svensk snillrikhet? : Nationella föreställningar om entreprenörer och teknisk begåvning 1800-2000 (pp. 161-180). Lund: Nordic Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hjälten utan ansikte: Om Carl Wilhelm Scheeles liv efter döden
2014 (Swedish)In: Svensk snillrikhet? : Nationella föreställningar om entreprenörer och teknisk begåvning 1800-2000 / [ed] Staffan Bergwik, Michael Godhe, Anders Houltz, Magnus Rodell, Lund: Nordic Academic Press , 2014, 1, p. 161-180Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2014 Edition: 1
National Category
History of Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-238657 (URN)
Available from: 2014-12-15 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2014-12-15
Fors, H. (2013). The knowledge and skill of foreigners: Projectors and experts at the early modern Swedish Board of Mines (1ed.). In: Hartmut Schleiff, Peter Konecny (Ed.), Staat, Bergbau und Bergakademie: Montanexperten im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert (pp. 53-62). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The knowledge and skill of foreigners: Projectors and experts at the early modern Swedish Board of Mines
2013 (English)In: Staat, Bergbau und Bergakademie: Montanexperten im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert / [ed] Hartmut Schleiff, Peter Konecny, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2013, 1, p. 53-62Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2013 Edition: 1
Series
Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte Beihefte, ISSN 978-3-515-10364-0 ; 223
National Category
History
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213029 (URN)
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2014-12-15
Fors, H. (2010). von Stockenström, Erik. In: Åsa Karlsson (Ed.), Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon: Stille-Strandell (pp. 548-553). Stockholm: Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon
Open this publication in new window or tab >>von Stockenström, Erik
2010 (Swedish)In: Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon: Stille-Strandell / [ed] Åsa Karlsson, Stockholm: Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon , 2010, p. 548-553Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon, 2010
Series
Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon ; 168
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-238672 (URN)
Available from: 2014-12-15 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2014-12-15
Fors, H. (2009). Away, Away to Falun!: J. G. Gahn and the application of enlightenment chemistry to smelting. Technology and culture, 50(3), 549-568
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Away, Away to Falun!: J. G. Gahn and the application of enlightenment chemistry to smelting
2009 (English)In: Technology and culture, ISSN 0040-165X, E-ISSN 1097-3729, Vol. 50, no 3, p. 549-568Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Baltimore: , 2009
National Category
History of Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-238670 (URN)
Available from: 2014-12-15 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2017-12-05
Widmalm, S., Beckman, J., Fors, H., Bergwik, S., Tunlid, A., Holmberg, G. & Wormbs, N. (2008). Inledning. In: Sven Widmalm (Ed.), Vetenskapens sociala strukturer: Sju historiska fallstudier om konflikt, samverkan och makt (pp. 9-23). Lund: Nordic Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inledning
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2008 (Swedish)In: Vetenskapens sociala strukturer: Sju historiska fallstudier om konflikt, samverkan och makt / [ed] Sven Widmalm, Lund: Nordic Academic Press , 2008, p. 9-23Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2008
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147636 (URN)978-91-85509-11-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-02-27 Created: 2011-02-27 Last updated: 2018-04-09
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