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Overview

How do the spaces in which science is done shape the identity of the scientist and the self-conception of scientific fields? How do the sciences structure the identity of the architect and the practice of architecture in a specific period? And how does the design of spaces such as laboratories, hospitals, and museums affect how the public perceives and interacts with the world of science? The Architecture of Science offers a dazzling set of speculations on these issues by historians of science, architecture, and art; architectural theorists; and sociologists as well as practicing scientists and architects. The essays are organized into six sections: "Of Secrecy and
Openness: Science and Architecture in Early Modern Europe"; "Displaying and Concealing Technics in the Nineteenth Century"; "Modern Space"; "Is Architecture Science?"; "Princeton after Modernism: The
Lewis Thomas Laboratory for Molecular Biology"; and "Centers, Cities, and Colliders."

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262071901
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Galison is Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at
Harvard University. He is the author of Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps: Empires of
Time, How Experiments End
, and Image and Logic: A Material Culture of
Microphysics,
among other books, and coeditor (with Emily Thompson) of The
Architecture of Science
(MIT Press, 1999).

Emily Thompson is a Professor of History at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
1 Buildings and the Subject of Science 1
2 Masculine Prerogatives: Gender, Space, and Knowledge in the Early Modern Museum 29
3 Alchemical Symbolism and Concealment: The Chemical House of Libavius 59
4 Openness and Empiricism: Values and Meaning in Early Architectural Writings and in Seventeenth-Century Experimental Philosophy 79
5 Architectures for Steam 107
6 Illuminating the Opacity of Achromatic Lens Production: Joseph von Fraunhofer's Use of Monastic Architecture and Space as a Laboratory 141
7 The Spaces of Cultural Representation, circa 1887 and 1969: Reflections on Museum Arrangement and Anthropological Theory in the Boasian and Evolutionary Traditions 165
8 Bricks and Bones: Architecture and Science in Victorian Britain 181
9 "Spatial Mechanics": Scientific Metaphors in Architecture 213
10 Diagramming the New World, or Hannes Meyer's "Scientization" of Architecture 233
11 Listening to/for Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Development of Modern Spaces in America 253
12 Of Beds and Benches: Building the Modern American Hospital 281
13 Architecture, Science, and Technology 309
14 Architecture as Science: Analogy or Disjunction? 337
15 The Mutual Limits of Architecture and Science 353
16 The Hounding of the Snark 375
17 Thoughts on the Architecture of the Scientific Workplace: Community, Change, and Continuity 385
18 The Design Process for the Human Workplace 399
19 Life in the Lewis Thomas Laboratory 413
20 Two Faces on Science: Building Identities for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 423
21 Architecture at Fermilab 459
22 The Architecture of Science: From D'Arcy Thompson to the SSC 475
23 Factory, Laboratory, Studio: Dispersing Sites of Production 497
Index 541
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