Beyond the Lab and the Field: Infrastructures as Places of Knowledge Production Since the Late Nineteenth Century

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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6.1 X 8.9 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Eike-Christian Heine is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department for the History of Science and Technology at the Historical Institute of the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany.

Martin Meiske is a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Institute for the History of Science and Technology at the Deutsches Museum, Munich.


"This fascinating volume shows that dams, highways, and canals are much more than large technical systems. Ten exciting case studies from around the world reveal unexpected connections between infrastructure, science, and the environment. Going beyond traditional studies of engineering history, the authors illustrate how all kinds of scientists eagerly grabbed the opportunities that technical projects offered." --Mikael Hård, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

"Historians of science usually consider laboratories, the field, or researchers' desks as places of knowledge production. Contributors to this insightful volume open our eyes and show how the construction of large-scale infrastructures also presented opportunities for research and data collection, enriching many disciplines--including geology, ethnography, and polar exploration--but not without disrupting communities or destroying local environments. They provide a fantastic panorama of well-written new stories that enrich our views on the relationship between infrastructure and knowledge since the late nineteenth century." --Matthias Heymann, Aarhus University

"By advancing our understanding of the complex relationship between infrastructure and knowledge, this volume deserves a place in the intellectual toolbox of historians of science, technology, and the environment. Kudos to the press, editors, and authors for producing a cohesive collection of thought-provoking essays"
--Christine Keiner, Rochester Institute of Technology, H-Sci-Med-Tech