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Title: A geohistorical study of 'the rise of modern science': mapping scientific practice through urban networks, 1500-1900
Authors: Taylor, Peter J.
Hoyler, Michael
Evans, David M.
Keywords: Modern science
Space of flows
Scientific centres
Scientific practice
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: © Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Citation: TAYLOR, P.J., HOYLER, M. and EVANS, D.M., 2008. A geohistorical study of 'the rise of modern science': mapping scientific practice through urban networks, 1500-1900. Minerva, 46 (4), pp. 391-410
Abstract: Using data on the ‘career’ paths of one thousand ‘leading scientists’ from 1450 to 1900, what is conventionally called the ‘rise of modern science’ is mapped as a changing geography of scientific practice in urban networks. Four distinctive networks of scientific practice are identified. A primate network centred on Padua and central and northern Italy in the sixteenth century expands across the Alps to become a polycentric network in the seventeenth century, which in turn dissipates into a weak polycentric network in the eighteenth century. The nineteenth century marks a huge change of scale as a primate network centred on Berlin and dominated by German-speaking universities. These geographies are interpreted as core-producing processes in Wallerstein’s modern world-system; the rise of modern scientific practice is central to the development of structures of knowledge that relate to, but do not mirror, material changes in the system.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Minerva [© Springer Science + Business Media B.V.]. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1007/s11024-008-9109-8
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/4983
ISSN: 0026-4695
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