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[ED: Taschenbuch], [PU: PRINCETON UNIV PR], The Values of Precision examines how exactitude has come to occupy such a prominent place in Western culture. What has been the value of numerical values? Beginning with the late eighteenth century and continuing into the twentieth, the essays in this volume support the view that centralizing states--with their increasingly widespread bureaucracies for managing trade, taxation, and armies--and large-scale commercial enterprises--with their requirements for standardization and mass production--have been the major promoters of numerical precision. Taking advantage of the resources available, scientists and engineers have entered a symbiotic relationship with state and industry, which in turn has led to increasingly refined measures in ever-widening domains of the natural and social world. At the heart of this book, therefore, is an inquiry into the capacity of numbers and instruments to travel across boundaries of culture and materials. Many of the papers focus attention on disagreements about the significance and the credibility of particular sorts of measurements deployed to support particular claims, as in the measures of the population of France, the electrical resistance of copper, or the solvency of insurance companies. At the same time they display the deeply cultural character of precision values. Contributors to the volume include Ken Alder, Graeme J. N. Gooday, Jan Golinski, Frederic L. Holmes, Kathryn M. Olesko, Theodore M. Porter, Andrea Rusnock, Simon Schaffer, George Sweetnam, Andrew Warwick, and M. Norton Wise. Review: ... Standardization and precision measurement have often been taken for granted by historians of science. Norton Wise should therefore be applauded for having put together this excellent collection of essays that places the topic . . . at the center of historical attention. Sven Widmalm(Science) ... Sheds new light on and thus makes an important contribution to our understanding of the sometimes surprising results of mathematicization. Dennis H. Rouvray(Endeavour) ... [A] pleasure to read, and it reveals much about quantification, the trustworthiness of numbers, the role of the professions, and the relations between science and technology. . . . Mary S. Morgan(Economic History Review) ... Taken singly, each of the essays is of unusually high quality taken together, they are the best introduction available in English to the diverse practices, applications, and morals of precision. Lorraine Daston(Isis) ... . . . explores how the concept of precision emerged and came to be valued in Western culture. . . . What is clear from this book is that the perceived value of precision lies as much with how it is attained, and by whom, as with the degree of precision itself. (New Scientist) Table of contents: TR Preface and Acknowledgments TD ALIGN="RIGHT" TR Introduction TD ALIGN="RIGHT"3 TR 1 Quantification, Precision, and Accuracy: Determinations of Population in the Ancien Regime TD ALIGN="RIGHT"17 TR 2 A Revolution to Measure: The Political Economy of the Metric System in France TD ALIGN="RIGHT"39 TR 3 "The Nicety of Experiment": Precision of Measurement and Precision of Reasoning in Late Eighteenth-Century Chemistry TD ALIGN="RIGHT"72 TR 4 Precision: Agent of Unity and Product of Agreement Part I - Traveling TD ALIGN="RIGHT"92 TR 5 The Meaning of Precision: The Exact Sensibility in Early Nineteenth-Century Germany TD ALIGN="RIGHT"103 TR 6 Accurate Measurement Is an English Science TD ALIGN="RIGHT"135 TR 7 Precision and Trust: Early Victorian Insurance and the Politics of Calculation TD ALIGN="RIGHT"173 TR 8 The Images of Precision: Helmholtz and the Graphical Method in Physiology TD ALIGN="RIGHT"198 TR 9 Precision: Agent of Unity and Product of Agreement Part II - The Age of Steam and Telegraphy TD ALIGN="RIGHT"222 TR 10 The Morals of Energy Metering: Constructing and Deconstructing the Precision of the Victorian Electrical Engineer's Ammeter and Voltmeter TD ALIGN="RIGHT"239 TR 11 Precision Implemented: Henry Rowland, the Concave Diffraction Grating, and the Analysis of Light TD ALIGN="RIGHT"283 TR 12 The Laboratory of Theory or What's Exact about the Exact Sciences? TD ALIGN="RIGHT"311 TR 13 Precision: Agent of Unity and Product of Agreement Part III - "Today Precision Must be Commonplace" TD ALIGN="RIGHT"352 TR Index TD ALIGN="RIGHT"363 380 pages - 8 halftones 26 line illus. 8 tables - 9 x 6 in Versandfertig in 2-4 Wochen, DE, [SC: 0.00], Neuware, gewerbliches Angebot, offene Rechnung (Vorkasse vorbehalten)

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[ED: Taschenbuch], [PU: PRINCETON UNIV PR], The Values of Precision examines how exactitude has come to occupy such a prominent place in Western culture. What has been the value of numerical values? Beginning with the late eighteenth century and continuing into the twentieth, the essays in this volume support the view that centralizing states--with their increasingly widespread bureaucracies for managing trade, taxation, and armies--and large-scale commercial enterprises--with their requirements for standardization and mass production--have been the major promoters of numerical precision. Taking advantage of the resources available, scientists and engineers have entered a symbiotic relationship with state and industry, which in turn has led to increasingly refined measures in ever-widening domains of the natural and social world. At the heart of this book, therefore, is an inquiry into the capacity of numbers and instruments to travel across boundaries of culture and materials. Many of the papers focus attention on disagreements about the significance and the credibility of particular sorts of measurements deployed to support particular claims, as in the measures of the population of France, the electrical resistance of copper, or the solvency of insurance companies. At the same time they display the deeply cultural character of precision values. Contributors to the volume include Ken Alder, Graeme J. N. Gooday, Jan Golinski, Frederic L. Holmes, Kathryn M. Olesko, Theodore M. Porter, Andrea Rusnock, Simon Schaffer, George Sweetnam, Andrew Warwick, and M. Norton Wise. Review: ... Standardization and precision measurement have often been taken for granted by historians of science. Norton Wise should therefore be applauded for having put together this excellent collection of essays that places the topic . . . at the center of historical attention. Sven Widmalm(Science) ... Sheds new light on and thus makes an important contribution to our understanding of the sometimes surprising results of mathematicization. Dennis H. Rouvray(Endeavour) ... [A] pleasure to read, and it reveals much about quantification, the trustworthiness of numbers, the role of the professions, and the relations between science and technology. . . . Mary S. Morgan(Economic History Review) ... Taken singly, each of the essays is of unusually high quality taken together, they are the best introduction available in English to the diverse practices, applications, and morals of precision. Lorraine Daston(Isis) ... . . . explores how the concept of precision emerged and came to be valued in Western culture. . . . What is clear from this book is that the perceived value of precision lies as much with how it is attained, and by whom, as with the degree of precision itself. (New Scientist) Table of contents: TR Preface and Acknowledgments TD ALIGN="RIGHT" TR Introduction TD ALIGN="RIGHT"3 TR 1 Quantification, Precision, and Accuracy: Determinations of Population in the Ancien Regime TD ALIGN="RIGHT"17 TR 2 A Revolution to Measure: The Political Economy of the Metric System in France TD ALIGN="RIGHT"39 TR 3 "The Nicety of Experiment": Precision of Measurement and Precision of Reasoning in Late Eighteenth-Century Chemistry TD ALIGN="RIGHT"72 TR 4 Precision: Agent of Unity and Product of Agreement Part I - Traveling TD ALIGN="RIGHT"92 TR 5 The Meaning of Precision: The Exact Sensibility in Early Nineteenth-Century Germany TD ALIGN="RIGHT"103 TR 6 Accurate Measurement Is an English Science TD ALIGN="RIGHT"135 TR 7 Precision and Trust: Early Victorian Insurance and the Politics of Calculation TD ALIGN="RIGHT"173 TR 8 The Images of Precision: Helmholtz and the Graphical Method in Physiology TD ALIGN="RIGHT"198 TR 9 Precision: Agent of Unity and Product of Agreement Part II - The Age of Steam and Telegraphy TD ALIGN="RIGHT"222 TR 10 The Morals of Energy Metering: Constructing and Deconstructing the Precision of the Victorian Electrical Engineer's Ammeter and Voltmeter TD ALIGN="RIGHT"239 TR 11 Precision Implemented: Henry Rowland, the Concave Diffraction Grating, and the Analysis of Light TD ALIGN="RIGHT"283 TR 12 The Laboratory of Theory or What's Exact about the Exact Sciences? TD ALIGN="RIGHT"311 TR 13 Precision: Agent of Unity and Product of Agreement Part III - "Today Precision Must be Commonplace" TD ALIGN="RIGHT"352 TR Index TD ALIGN="RIGHT"363 380 pages - 8 halftones 26 line illus. 8 tables - 9 x 6 in Versandfertig in über 4 Wochen, [SC: 0.00], Neuware, gewerbliches Angebot

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"The Values of Precision" examines how exactitude has come to occupy such a prominent place in Western culture. What has been the value of numerical values? Beginning with the late eighteenth century and continuing into the twentieth, the essays in this volume support the view that centralizing states--with their increasingly widespread bureaucracies for managing trade, taxation, and armies--and large-scale commercial enterprises--with their requirements for standardization and mass production--have been the major promoters of numerical precision. Taking advantage of the resources available, scientists and engineers have entered a symbiotic relationship with state and industry, which in turn has led to increasingly refined measures in ever-widening domains of the natural and social world. At the heart of this book, therefore, is an inquiry into the capacity of numbers and instruments to travel across boundaries of culture and materials. Many of the papers focus attention on disagreements about the significance and the credibility of particular sorts of measurements deployed to support particular claims, as in the measures of the population of France, the electrical resistance of copper, or the solvency of insurance companies. At the same time they display the deeply cultural character of precision values. Contributors to the volume include Ken Alder, Graeme J. N. Gooday, Jan Golinski, Frederic L. Holmes, Kathryn M. Olesko, Theodore M. Porter, Andrea Rusnock, Simon Schaffer, George Sweetnam, Andrew Warwick, and M. Norton Wise. The Values of Precision Wise, M. Norton, Princeton University Press

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This finite study examines how exactitude has come to occupy such a prominent place in Western culture. Beginning with the late 18th century and continuing into the 20th, the essays here support the view that centralizing states and large-scale commercial enterprises have long been the major promoters of numerical precision. Photos & illus.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780691016016
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0691016011
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Publishing year: 1997
Publisher: PRINCETON UNIV PR
384 Pages
Weight: 0,567 kg
Language: eng/Englisch

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