Instruments of Science: An Historical Encyclopedia / Edition 1

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Overview

This authoritative reference covers 325 scientific instruments ranging from antiquity to the present, and from the mundane to the highly sophisticated. Entries explain how they work and trace their invention, development, distribution and use. Fully illustrated and complete with bibliographies, it will be particularly useful to students and scholars of modern science and technology. Reflecting contemporary practice, it examines instruments used for testing and monitoring, as well as those used for research, and even considers a number of widely used laboratory organisms (such as drosophila and e.coli) as instruments.

"This fascinating encyclopedia presents 325 historically significant scientific instruments from antiquity to the present. Instruments used for testing and monitoring in addition to those used for research are studied, including laboratory organisms such as E.coli. Each of the signed entries explains how the instrument works and how it is used, as well as tracing its invention, development, and distribution. The instrument's effect on the scientific community and society is also explored. Beautiful illustrations accompany many of the entries. The editors from the Science Museum in London and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History have provided an excellent addition to the history of sciences".--"Outstanding Reference Sources : the 1999 Selection of New Titles", American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.

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With over 300 entries from the ancient abacus to X-ray diffraction, as represented by a ca. 1900 photo of an X- ray machine as well as the latest research into filmless x- ray systems, this tour of the history of scientific instruments in multiple disciplines provides context and a bibliography for each entry. Newer conceptions of "instrument" include organisms widely used in research: e.g. the mouse, , and . B&w photographs and diagrams showcase more traditional instruments from The Science Museum, London, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

Robert Bud holds a doctorate in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as Head of Research (Collections) at the Science Museum in London. His widespread publications on the history of chemistry and biotechnology include Invisible Connections: Instruments, Institutions and Science (l992), and The Uses of Life: A History of Biotechnology (l993).
Deborah Warner holds a M.A. in the History of Sciences from Harvard University, and serves as Curator of Physical Science Collections at the National Museum of American History. Her widespread publications in the history of science and scientific instruments include Alvan Clark & Sons: Artists in Optics (1968; rev. 1996), and The Sky Explored: Celestial Cartography 1500-1800 (1979). She is also founder and editor of Rittenhouse, a quarterly journal of the American instrument enterprise.

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Table of Contents

A sampling of the coverage: Actinometer * Artificial Horizon * Atwood's Machine * Breathalyzer * Camera Obscura * Chladni Plates * Clock, Atomic * Dip Circle * Earth Strain Meter * Electroscope * Electron Microscope * Ellipsometer * Fatigue Testing Instruments * Galton Whistle * Geiger Counter * Global Positioning System * Gyroscope * Heliostat * Kymograph * Laser and Maser * Magic Lantern * Mariner's Astrolabe * Napier's Rods * Pendulum * PET Scanner * Polygraph * Protein Sequencer * Seismograph * Sun-Dial * Tachometer * Theodolite * Visceroctome * Wheatstone Bridge * X-ray Diffraction
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