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Science and spectacle in the European Enlightenment

Author: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent; Christine Blondel
Publisher: Oxfordshire, England ; New York, NY : Routledge, ©2016.
Series: Science, technology, and culture, 1700-1945.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This collection of case studies describing public demonstrations in Britain, Germany, Italy and France exemplifies the wide variety of settings for scientific activities in the European Enlightenment. Filled with sparks and smells, the essays raise broader issues about the ways in which modern science established its legitimacy and social acceptability. They point to two major features of the cultures of science in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
History
Historia
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent; Christine Blondel
ISBN: 9781138245792 1138245798 9780754663706 0754663701
OCLC Number: 1028051228
Description: xi, 164 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The laboratory, the workshop, and the theatre of experiment / Larry Stewart Stewart --
Technology, curiosity and utility in France and in England in the eighteenth century / Liliane Pérez --
Amusing physics / Jessica Riskin --
Experimental physics in Enlightenment Paris : the practice of popularization in urban culture / Michael R. Lynn --
Domestic spectacles : electrical instruments between business and conversation / Paola Bertucci --
The sale of shocks and sparks : itinerant electricians in the German Enlightenment / Oliver Hochadel --
Between commerce and philanthropy : chemistry courses in eighteenth-century Paris / Christine Lehman --
Joseph Priestley and the chemical sublime in British public science / Jan Golinski --
Chemistry on stage : G.F. Rouelle and the theatricality of eighteenth-century chemistry / Lissa Roberts --
Honoré Fragonard, anatomical virtuoso / Jonathan Simon.
Series Title: Science, technology, and culture, 1700-1945.
Responsibility: edited by Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and Christine Blondel.

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"This collection of case studies describing public demonstrations in Britain, Germany, Italy and France exemplifies the wide variety of settings for scientific activities in the European Enlightenment. Filled with sparks and smells, the essays raise broader issues about the ways in which modern science established its legitimacy and social acceptability. They point to two major features of the cultures of science in the eighteenth century: entertainment and utility. Experimental demonstrations were attended by apothecaries and craftsmen for vocational purposes. At the same time, they had to fit in with the taste of both polite society and market culture. Public demonstrations were a favourite entertainment for ladies and gentlemen and a profitable activity for instrument makers and booksellers."--Jacket.

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