1 June 1992 Late Victorian metrology and its instrumentation: a manufactory of Ohms
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Proceedings Volume 10309, Invisible Connections: Instruments, Institutions, and Science; 1030904 (1992) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2283709
Event: SPIE Institutes for Advanced Optical Technologies 9, 1991, London, United Kingdom
Abstract
Much scientific work helps make experiments into governable instruments. For example, during the 1660s trials by Wren and Hooke using the height of mercury in glass tubes to study the relation between the air's spring, tidal height and weather resulted in barometers and weather glasses. In the 1770s, Priestley's experimental technique for estimating the phlogiston content of airs by mixing samples with nitrous air was transformed by Italian chemists into a workable eudiometer. During the 1820s, Oersted's dramatic experiments on the magnetic effect of a current-carrying wire became embodied in the routine laboratory use of galvanometers.' Experiments with many possible messages are changed into tools with apparently straightforward, unproblematic functions.
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Simon Schaffer, "Late Victorian metrology and its instrumentation: a manufactory of Ohms", Proc. SPIE 10309, Invisible Connections: Instruments, Institutions, and Science, 1030904 (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.2283709; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2283709
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