Science, Industry and the Social Order in Post-Revolutionary France

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Explores the interrelated activities of education, popularization, and the industrial exploitation of science and technical knowledge from the French Revolution to 1914, during which period France's initial supremacy among scientific nations eroded and her industrial performance flagged in relation to that of Germany and later the US. Among the topics are the democratization of higher education, the foreign perception of the Ecole Polytechnique, French perceptions of German science, and the national science museums. The 17 essays, five in French, were originally published between 1974 and 1995. Distributed in the US by Ashgate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860784814
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Series: Collected Studies Series
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 5.91 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

I An uneasy courtship: rhetoric and reality in the relations between academic and industrial chemistry, 1770-1914
II Education for a new age. The Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers, 1815-30
III Les Reflexions sur la puissance motrice du feu de Sadi Carnot et la lecon de leur edition critique
IV L'attitude des professeurs des facultes des sciences face a l'industrialisation en France entre 1850 et 1914
V Contingency or mentality? Technical innovation in France in the age of science-based industry
VI France in perspective: education, innovation, and performance in the French electrical industry, 1880-1914
VII Edison et la presse francaise a l'Exposition internationale d'electricite de 1881
VIII Science, the university, and the state in nineteenth-century France
IX Exporting tradition: foreign perceptions of the Ecole Polytechnique, 1794-1850
X Technological and scientific studies and the democratisation of higher education
XI The Ecole Polytechnique criticised and vindicated
XII The provincial academies and cultural survival in revolutionary and post-revolutionary France
XIII Les conferences mondaines sous le Second Empire
XIV Positivists, free thinkers, and the reform of French science during the Second Empire
XV The view over the Rhine: perceptions of German science and technology in France, 1860-1914
XVI La professionalisation: un concept pour l'historien de la science francaise au XIXe siecle
XVII Research and curatorship in the national science museums: a reflexion on threats and opportunities
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