Industrial Enlightenment : Science, Technology and Culture in Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1760-1820

Industrial Enlightenment : Science, Technology and Culture in Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1760-1820

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 260 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780719077708
  • DDC分類 330.94249073

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Industrial Enlightenment explores the transition through which England passed between 1760 and 1820 on the way to becoming the world's first industrialised nation. In drawing attention to the important role played by scientific knowledge, it focuses on a dimension of this transition which is often overlooked by historians. The book argues that in certain favoured regions, England underwent a process whereby useful knowledge was fused with technological 'know how' to produce the condition described here as Industrial Enlightenment. At the forefront of the process were the natural philosophers who entered into a close and productive relationship with technologists and entrepreneurs. Much of the evidence for this study is drawn from the extraordinary archival record of the activities of Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) and his Soho Manufactory. The book will appeal to those keen to explore the dynamics of change in eighteenth-century England, and to those with a broad interest in the cultural history of science and technology. -- .

Table of Contents

        List of figures                            vii
List of tables viii
Preface and acknowledgements ix
The eighteenth-century knowledge economy 1 (21)
Birmingham and the West Midlands 22 (48)
The regional setting 23 (11)
Birmingham 34 (14)
Matthew Boulton and Soho 48 (12)
Culture and identity 60 (10)
The dissemination and validation of 70 (40)
experimental science
Science in the market-place 72 (10)
The Lunar group 82 (12)
The international network 94 (16)
The science and technology interface 110 (51)
Debates 113 (3)
Savants and fabricants 116 (13)
Metals, heat and combustion 129 (10)
Cultures of science 139 (10)
Technology transfer 149 (12)
Industry, Enlightenment and Dissent 161 (40)
A Protestant ethic? 163 (11)
Nonconformity and Enlightenment 174 (14)
Marginalisation by riot 188 (13)
The Republic of Letters in disarray 201 (27)
Trading in liberte 203 (7)
`The sciences are never at war' 210 (9)
Towards techno-science 219 (9)
Conclusion 228 (10)
Bibliography 238 (17)
Index 255