Alberti, S J M M (2018) Shaping scientific instrument collections: A historiography. Journal of the History of Collections, 31 (3). pp. 445-452. ISSN 1477-8564

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There is an extensive literature on the history of what we now term scientific instruments. As a result, we know a great deal about how devices such as telescopes, clocks and astrolabes were made and used, especially those dating from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Many of these artefacts survive to be studied and written about because they have been gathered into collections, often in museums. This special issue of Journal of the History of Collections reflects upon the meanings and values of such collections; by way of introduction, here I lay out the genres and themes in the historiography of scientific instruments.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
A General Works > AS Academies and learned societies (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Science and Technology
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 17:01
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2020 14:59

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