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Experimentalists in the Republic of Letters
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin.
2003 (English)In: Science in Context, ISSN 0269-8897, Vol. 16, no 1-2, 89-120 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
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Within the Republic of Letters the art of experiment led to immense reorientation and an extensive redrawing of the enlightened map of natural knowledge. This paper will investigate the formative period of the exact sciences from the late eighteenth to the nineteenth century when the persona of the experimentalist as a scientific expert was shaped. The paper focuses on Moritz Hermann Jacobi’s experimental knowledge derived from his modeling of an electro-magnetic self-acting machine and the social and epistemological problems of its integration into traditional academic life. His struggle to achieve academic recognition and credibility for his experimental work reflects not just his individual quandary, but important structural problems of the historical development of experimental knowledge traditions and science in what has been called the “second scientific revolution.”

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2003. Vol. 16, no 1-2, 89-120 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-14268DOI: 10.1017/S0269889703000747OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-14268DiVA: diva2:42038
Available from: 2008-03-25 Created: 2008-03-25 Last updated: 2009-10-01Bibliographically approved

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