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Technoscience in History by Ursula Klein
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Sep 22, 2020 | ISBN 9780262539296

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“The term ‘technoscience’ may feel futuristic, but Ursula Klein’s fascinating study shows that the phenomenon extends back centuries. She demonstrates in detail that mining, among other key fields, involved the kind of ‘useful knowledge’ that spurred modern science.” – Michael D. Gordin, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University

Technoscience in History imaginatively explores the role of useful sciences in Prussia’s knowledge economy. It recasts several canonical historical narratives: of industrialization, state expertise, and even Berlin University’s founding. It adds incredible historical depth to Bruno Latour’s Science in Action.” – Kathryn Olesko, Associate Professor, George Washington University

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Part I. Technical Experts and Innovation in Prussia
1. Technical Projects of the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences
2. Discovery and Invention: Klaproth
3. Pharmacy and Chemistry
4. Experts at the Royal Prussian Porcelain Manufactory
5. The Figure of Technical Expert
Part II. The Model: Useful Science at Mining Academies
6. Silver Mining and the Freiberg Mining Academy
7. Mining and Mining Experts in Prussia: Gerhard
8. Experiments in the Laboratory of the Mining Department
9. The Lecture Series of the Mining Administration
10. Mines as Laboratories: Humboldt
Part III. Useful Science and its Practitioners
11. Mining Science
12. The Science of Salt Works
13. The Figure of Scientific-Technological Expert
Part IV. Towards Nineteenth-Century Technological Science
14. Useful Knowledge at the University of Berlin
15. The Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture
16. A New Industrial Policy: The Industrial Institute
17. The Big Picture: Useful Science, Technological Science, Technoscience

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