The Architecture of Science

The Architecture of Science

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Overview

The Architecture of Science offers a dazzling set of speculations by historians of science, architecture, and art; architectural theorists; and sociologists as well as practicing scientists and architects.

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262526456
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 04/29/1999
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
1 Buildings and the Subject of Science
Peter Galison
I OF SECRECY AND OPENNESS: SCIENCE
AND ARCHITECTURE IN EARLY
MODERN EUROPE
2 Masculine Prerogatives: Gender, Space, and Knowledge in the Early
Modern Museum
Paula Findlen
3 Alchemical Symbolism and Concealment: The Chemical House
of Libavius
William R. Newman
4 Openness and Empiricism: Values and Meaning in Early
Architectural Writings and in SeventeenthCentury EXperimental
Philosophy
Pamela O. Long
II DISPLAYING AND CONCEALING TECHNICS
IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
5 Architecture for Steam
M. Norton Wise
6 Illuminating the Opacity of Achromatic Lens Production:
Joseph von Fraunhofer's Use of Monastic Architecture and Space as a
Laboratory
Myles W. Jackson
7 The Spaces of Cultural Representation, circa 1887 and
1969: Reflections on Museum Arrangement and Anthropological Theory in
the Boasian and Evolutionary Traditions
George W. Stocking Jr.
8 Bricks and Bones: Architecture and Science in Victorian
Britian
Sophie Forgan
III MODERN SPACE
9 "Spatial Mechanics": Scientific Metaphors in Architecture
Adrian Forty
10 Diagramming the New World, or Hannes Meyer's
"Scientization" of Architecture
K. Michael Hays
11 Listening to/for Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and
the Development of Modern Spaces in America
Emily Thompson
12 Of Beds and Benches: Building the Modern American
Hospital
Allan M. Brandt and David C. Sloane
IV IS ARCHITECTURE SCIENCE?
13 Architecture, Science, andTechnology
Antoine Picon
14 Architecture as Science: Analogy or Disjunction?
Alberto PérezGómez
15 The Mutual Limits of Architecture and Science
Kenneth Frampton
16 The Hounding of the Snark
Denise Scott Brown
V PRINCETON AFTER MODERNISM: THE LEWIS
THOMAS LABORATORY FOR MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
17 Thoughts on the Architecture of the Scientific
Workplace: Community, Change, and Continuity
Robert Venturi
18 The Design Process for the Human Workplace
James Collins Jr.
19 Life in the Lewis Thomas Laboratory
Arnold J. Levine
20 Two Faces on Science: Building Identities for Molecular
Biology and Biotechnology
Thomas F. Gieryn
VI CENTERS, CITIES, AND COLLIDERS
21 Architecture at Fermilab
Robert R. Wilson
22 The Architecture of Science: From D'Arcy Thompson to the
SSC
Moshe Safdie
23 Factory, Laboratory, Studio: Dispersing Sites of
Production
Peter Galison and Caroline A. Jones
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