Communicating Physics: The Production, Circulation, and Appropriation of Ganot's Textbooks in France and England, 1851-1887

Communicating Physics: The Production, Circulation, and Appropriation of Ganot's Textbooks in France and England, 1851-1887

by Josep Simon

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Communicating Physics: The Production, Circulation, and Appropriation of Ganot's Textbooks in France and England, 1851-1887 by Josep Simon

WINNER OF THE MARC-AUGUSTE PICTET PRIZE, 2010

The textbooks written by Adolphe Ganot (1804–1887) played a major role in shaping the way physics was taught in the nineteenth century. Ganot's books were translated from their original French into more than ten languages, including English, allowing their adoption as standard works in Britain and spreading their influence as far as North America, Australia, India and Japan.

Simon's Franco-British case study looks at the role of Ganot's two textbooks: Traité élémentaire de physique expérimentale et appliquée (1851) and Cours de physique purement expérimentale (1859), and their translations into English by Edmund Atkinson. The study is novel for its international comparison of nineteenth-century physics, its acknowledgement of the role of book production on the impact of the titles and for its emphasis on the role of communication in the making of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822981688
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Series: Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Josep Simon is an associate professor in history of science, technology, and medicine, at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.
 

Table of Contents

Cover Half Title Series Page Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Acknowledgements List of Figures Introduction 1. Textbooks and the Cultures of Physics 2. Physics in the Marketplace: Textbooks and the Making of Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century France and England 3. Ganot and Atkinson: A Comparative Biography of the Practice of Physics 4. Ganot’s Physique 5. The International Book Trade and the Making of Scientific Knowledge 6. Atkinson’s Physics 7. Readers and Readings Conclusion Notes Works Cited Index

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