Instruments, Collections and Museums, 1700-1900

(class leader: Dr Stephen Johnston)

This course is based in the Museum of the History of Science and deal with the roles played by instruments over a range of developments in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Some are professional, such as instruments of surveying and navigation, but a major theme will be the role of experimental instruments in natural philosophy, chemistry and astronomy.

A reading list will accompany each topic. The following titles are generally relevant to the course.

Pamela Smith and Paula Findlen, eds, Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science, and Art in Early Modern Europe
Larry Stewart, The Rise of Public Science: Rhetoric, Technology, and Natural Philosophy in Newtonian Britain
Jan Golinski, Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820