Brown Bag Lecture: “Material Culture of Science, Science of Material Culture”

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Date: April 22, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: No Registration Required

A talk by Carsten Reinhardt

By now, studies in the material culture of the laboratory have a long tradition in the history of science, going back at least 20 years. More recently, scholars in material culture studies and science and technology studies have identified a field that may be named the “science and technology of material culture.” This field includes the perceptions, uses, appliances, and meanings of materials, and the attempts of science, technology, and engineering to understand, control, and produce material effects. On the basis of his studies on instrumentation, industrial R&D, and the history of smell, Reinhardt will discuss options and opportunities to interlace the two fields, posing questions more than providing answers.

Carsten Reinhardt is the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s president and CEO. Reinhardt has extensively researched and published on the impact of chemistry on society through topics including the history of industrial research, the emergence of instrumentation, and chemistry’s links to physics, biology, medicine, and technology. He is the author of three books, has contributed to five edited volumes, and has published nearly 40 academic articles. He has made more than 30 major presentations on topics in the history of science in a dozen countries in Europe and North America.

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