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The Resource Thrifty science : making the most of materials in the history of experiment, Simon Werrett

Thrifty science : making the most of materials in the history of experiment, Simon Werrett

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Thrifty science : making the most of materials in the history of experiment
Title
Thrifty science
Title remainder
making the most of materials in the history of experiment
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Simon Werrett
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Language
eng
Summary
If the twentieth century saw the rise of "Big Science," then the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were surely an age of thrift. As Simon Werrett's new history shows, frugal early modern experimenters transformed their homes into laboratories as they recycled, repurposed, repaired, and reused their material possessions to learn about the natural world. Thrifty Science explores this distinctive culture of experiment and demonstrates how the values of the household helped to shape an array of experimental inquiries, ranging from esoteric investigations of glowworms and sour beer to famous experiments such as Benjamin Franklin's use of a kite to show lightning was electrical and Isaac Newton's investigations of color using prisms. Tracing the diverse ways that men and women put their material possessions into the service of experiment, Werrett offers a history of practices of recycling and repurposing that are often assumed to be more recent in origin. This thriving domestic culture of inquiry was eclipsed by new forms of experimental culture in the nineteenth century, however, culminating in the resource-hungry science of the twentieth. Could thrifty science be making a comeback today, as scientists grapple with the need to make their research more environmentally sustainable?
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YUS
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Werrett, Simon
Dewey number
507.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q182.3
LC item number
.W444 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Science
  • Science
  • Science
  • Science
  • Home economics
  • Home economics
  • Science
  • Science
  • 02.01 history of science and culture
  • Citizen Science
  • Experiment
  • Naturwissenschaften
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Thrifty science : making the most of materials in the history of experiment, Simon Werrett
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Thrifty science: oeconomy and experiment -- Making a home for experiment -- Shifty science: how to make use of things -- The power of lasting: maintenance and cleaning -- The broken world: repairs and recycling -- Secondhand science -- Auctions and the dismantling of science -- The palatial laboratory: economy and experiment -- Conclusion
Control code
1044769335
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 315 pages
Isbn
9780226610252
Lccn
2018026816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1044769335
Label
Thrifty science : making the most of materials in the history of experiment, Simon Werrett
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Thrifty science: oeconomy and experiment -- Making a home for experiment -- Shifty science: how to make use of things -- The power of lasting: maintenance and cleaning -- The broken world: repairs and recycling -- Secondhand science -- Auctions and the dismantling of science -- The palatial laboratory: economy and experiment -- Conclusion
Control code
1044769335
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 315 pages
Isbn
9780226610252
Lccn
2018026816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1044769335

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