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18:15 - 19:15 20 November 2014
Mutability, mobility and meteorites: on some material cultures of the sciences
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre |
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Simon Schaffer, Profesor of History of Science, University of Cambridge
The work of the sciences deals with challenging and complex objects whose character and properties are rarely stable nor entirely easy to fix. Elaborate and ingenious techniques are developed to manage such objects and to render them observable and describable.
The long history of meteoritics, and its antecedents in folklore, in natural history, in field chemistry, and in astronomy provide rich material for this approach to the work of the sciences. The lecture explores some aspects of that history, especially to connect practices designed to cope with mutable materials and the changing narratives of life, space and earth in which these objects found their place.
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