Geographies of Science

Geographies of Science


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This collection of essays aims to further the understanding of historical and contemporary geographies of science. It offers a fresh perspective on comparative approaches to scientific knowledge and practice as pursued by geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, and historians of science. The authors explore the formation and changing geographies of scientific centers from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries and critically discuss the designing of knowledge spaces in early museums, in modern laboratories, at world fairs, and in the periphery of contemporary science. They also analyze the interactions between science and the public in Victorian Britain, interwar Germany, and recent environmental policy debates. The book provides a genuine geographical perspective on the production and dissemination of knowledge and will thus be an important point of reference for those interested in the spatial relations of science and associated fields.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789400732261
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 09/05/2012
Series: Knowledge and Space , #3
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Interdisciplinary geographies of science: Peter Meusburger, David Livingstone and Heike Jöns.- Part I: Comparative approaches to scientific knowledge: Chapter 1: Landscapes of knowledge: David Livingstone.- Chapter 2: Global knowledge?: Nico Stehr.- Part II Academic mobility and scientific centres: Chapter 3:A geohistorical study of ‘The rise of modern science’: Mapping scientific practice through urban networks, 1500-1900: Peter J. Taylor, Michael Hoyler and David M. Evans.- Chapter 4: Heidelberg University between 1803 and 1932: From mediocrity to excellence: Peter Meusburger.- Chapter 5: Academic travel from Cambridge University and the formation of centres of knowledge, 1885-1954: Heike Jöns.- Part III Designing spaces for science.- Chapter 6: Big sciences, open networks, and global collecting in early museums: Dominik Collet.- Chapter 7: Is the atrium more important than the lab? Designer buildings for new cultures of creativity: Albena Yaneva.- Chapter 8: 'New smartness' and the making of geographies of knowledge at world fairs: Morocco at Expo 2000 in Hanover: Alexa Färber.- Chapter 9: Outer space of science: A video ethnography of reagency in Ghana: Wesley Shrum, Ricardo B. Duque and Marcus A. Ynalvez.- Part IV: Science and the public: Chapter 10: Geographies of science and public understanding? Exploring the reception of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Britain and in Ireland, c.1845-1939: Charles W J Withers.- Chapter 11: Testing times: Experimental counter-conduct in interwar Germany: Alexander Vasudevan.- Chapter 12: NGOs, the science-lay dichotomy and hybrid spaces of environmental knowledge: Sally Eden.- Chapter 13: Regulatory science and risk assessment in Indian Country: Taking tribal publics into account: Ryan Holifield

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