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Osiris, Volume 18

Science and the City

Seeking to unite the history of science and urban history, this book emphasizes the active role cities play in shaping both scientific practice and scientific knowledge. Furthermore, the authors argue that cities themselves have to be viewed as mediated by science. Four interconnections of science and the city are discussed: the relationship between scientific expertise and urban politics; science’s role in the cultural representation of the city; the embedment of scientific activity in the city’s social and material infrastructure; and the interaction between science and everyday urban life.

325 pages | 6-3/4 x 10 | © 2003


History of Science

Table of Contents

SVEN DIERIG, JENS LACHMUND, AND ANDREW MENDELSOHN: Introduction: Toward an Urban History of Science
DORA WEINER AND MICHAEL SAUTER: The City of Paris and the Rise of Clinical Medicine
DENISE PHILLIPS: Friends of Nature: Urban Sociability and Regional Natural History in Dresden, 1800-1850
FA-TI FAN: Science in a Chinese Entrepot: British Naturalists and their Chinese Associates in Old Canton
DAVID AUBIN: The Fading Star of the Paris Observatory in the Nineteenth Century: Astronomers Urban Culture of Circulation and Observation
THERESA LEVITT: Organizing Sight, Seeing Organization: The Diverging Optical Possibilities of City and Country
SVEN DIERIG: Engines for Experiment: Laboratory Revolution and Industrial Labor in the Nineteenth-Century City
ANTOINE PICON: Nineteenth-Century Cartography and the Urban Ideal in Paris
J. ANDREW MENDELSOHN: The Microscopist of Modern Life
KARIN BIJSTERVELD: "The City of Din": Decibels, Noise and Neighbors in the Netherlands, 1910-1980
HANS POLS: Anomie in the Metropolis: The City in American Sociology and Psychiatry
CHRISTIAN TOPALOV: "Traditional Working-Class Neighborhoods:" An Inquiry into the Emergence of a Sociological Model in the 1950s and 1960s
JENS LACHMUND: Exploring the City of Rubble: Botanical Fieldwork in Bombed Cities in Germany after World War II
ROSEMARY WAKEMAN: Dreaming the New Atlantis: Science and the Planning of Technopolis, 1955-1985

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