Urban histories of science : making knowledge in the city, 1820-1940 / edited by Oliver Hochadel and Agustí Nieto-Galan.

  • New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
  • ©2019
xiv, 237 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.


  • Routledge studies in the history of science, technology, and medicine ; 35. [More in this series]
  • Routledge studies in the history of science, technology, and medicine ; 35
Summary note
"This book tells ten urban histories of science from nine cities - Athens, Barcelona, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Dublin (2), Glasgow, Helsinki, Lisbon, and Naples - situated on the geographical margins of Europe and beyond. Ranging from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, the contents of this volume debate why and how we should study the scientific culture of cities, often considered "peripheral" in terms of their production of knowledge. How were scientific practices, debates and innovations intertwined with the highly dynamic urban space around 1900? The authors analyze zoological gardens, research stations, observatories and international exhibitions, along with hospitals, newspapers, back streets and private homes while also stressing the importance of concrete urban spaces for the production and appropriation of knowledge. They uncover the diversity of actors and urban publics ranging from engineers, scientists, architects and physicians to journalists, tuberculosis patients and fishermen. Looking at these nine cities around 1900 is like glancing at a prism that produces different and even conflicting notions of modernity. In their attempt to modernize themselves they were torn between their desire to be "cosmopolitan" and the surge of nationalism. In their totality, the ten case studies help to overcome an outdated centre-periphery-model. This volume is thus able to address far more intriguing historiographical questions. How do science, technology and medicine shape the debates about modernity and national identity in the urban space? To what degree do cities and the heterogeneous elements they contain have agency? These Urban Histories show that science and the city are consistently and continuously co-constructing each other"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Urban histories of science: how to tell the tale / Oliver Hochadel and Agustí Nieto-Galan -- 1. Envisioning a new European metropolis : designing the National Observatory of Athens / Maria Rentetzi and Spiros Flevaris -- 2. Institutionalizing the "metropolis of mechanics" : philosophical engineering in the city of Glasgow c. 1820-c. 1875 / Ben Marsden -- 3. The natural sciences meeting their public at the meetings of the Hungarian Association for the Advancement of Science in Budapest and beyond, 1841-1896 / Katalin Stráner -- 4. Copepods and fisherboys : advanced marine biological research and street poverty in Naples c. 1890 / Katharina Steiner -- 5. Locating Dublin in the late nineteenth-century ether / Tanya O'Sullivan -- 6. Second city of science? : Dublin as a centre of calculation in the British imperial context, 1886-1912 / Juliana Adelman -- 7. From capital city to scientific capital : science, technology and medicine in Lisbon as seen through the press, 1900-1910 / Ana Simões -- 8. Collective expertise behind the urban planning of Munkkiniemi and Haaga, Helsinki (c. 1915) / Emilia Karppinen -- 9. On hygiene in a modern peripheral city : Buenos Aires, 1870-1940 / Diego Armus -- 10. From electricity to the photo archive : national identity and the planning of the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition / Lucila Mallart.
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