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Reworking the bench : research notebooks in the history of science / edited by Frederic L. Holmes, Jürgen Renn, and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger.



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Dordrecht ; Boston ; London : Kluwer Academic Publishers, c2003.
  • Book
  • xv, 325 p. : ill., facsims. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
  • The Hanging Chain - A Forgotten "Discovery" Buried in Galileo's Notes on Motion, J. Renn, P. Damerow-- The Chymical Laboratory Notebooks of George Starkey, W. Newman, L.M. Principe-- Newton's Optical Notebooks: Public Versus Private Data, A.E. Shapiro-- At Play with Nature - Luigi Galvani's Experimental Approach to Muscular Physiology, M. Bresadola-- The Practice of Studying Practice - Analyzing Laboratory Records of Ampere and Faraday, F. Steinle-- From Agents to Cells - Theodor Schwann's Research Notes of the Years 1835 1838, O. Parnes-- Narrating by Numbers - Keeping an Account of Early 19th Century Laboratory Experiences, O. Sibum-- Exploring Contents and Boundaries of Experimental Practice in Laboratory Notebooks - Samuel Pierpoint Langley and the Mapping of the Infra-red Region of the Solar Spectrum, A. Loettgers-- The Pocket Schedule-- Note-Taking as a Research Technique - Ernst Mach's Ballistic-Photographic Experiments, C. Hoffmann-- From Lone Investigator to Laboratory Chief - Ivan Pavlov's Research Notebooks as a Reflection of His Managerial and Interpretive Style, D.P. Todes-- Carl Correns' Experiments with Pisum, 1896 1899, H.-J. Rheinberger. Errors and Insights - Reconstructing the Genesis of General Relativity from Einstein's Zurich Notebook, J. Renn, T. Sauer-- Hans Krebs' and Kurt Henseleit's Laboratory Notebooks and Their Discovery of the Urea Cycle - Reconstructed with Computer Models, G. Grashoff, M. May. (Part contents).
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Publisher's Summary:
Research records composed of notes and protocols have long played a role in the efforts to understand the origins of what have come to be seen as the established milestones in the development of modern science. The use of research records to probe the nature of scientific investigation itself however is a recent development in the history of science. With Eduard Dijksterhuis, we could address them as a veritable 'epistemological laboratory'. The purpose of a workshop entitled 'Reworking the Bench: Laboratory Notebooks in the History of Science', held at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin was to bring together historians who have been exploiting such resources, to compare the similarities and differences in the materials they had used and and to measure the potential and scope for future explorations of 'science in the making' based on such forms of documentation. The contributions which form this volume are based on papers presented at this workshop or written afterward by participants in the discussions. This is the first book that addresses the issue of research notes for writing history of science in a comprehensive manner. Its case studies range from the early modern period to present and cover a broad range of different disciplines.
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Holmes, Frederic Lawrence.
Renn, Jürgen, 1956-
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg.
Archimedes ; v. 7
Archimedes (Dordrecht, Netherlands) v. 7.

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