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The architecture of science
Galison, Peter, 1955-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [1999]

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xviii, 573 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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This text presents interdisciplinary speculations on how architecture and science influence each other's practice, development and self-identity. The essays are organized into six sections: Of Secrecy and Openness; Science and Architecture in Early Modern Europe; Displaying and Concealing Technics in the 19th Century; Modern Space; Is Architecture Science?; Princton after Postmodernism: The Lewis Thomas Laboratory for Molecular Biology; and Centres, Cities and Colliders.

Author Notes

Emily Thompson is a Professor of History at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 Buildings and the Subject of SciencePeter Galison
1 Of Secrecy and Openness: Science and Architecture in Early Modern Europe
2 Masculine Prerogatives: Gender, Space, and Knowledge in the Early Modern MuseumPaula Findlen
3 Alchemical Symbolism and Concealment: The Chemical House of LibaviusWilliam R. Newman
4 Openness and Empiricism: Values and Meaning in Early Architectural Writings and in Seventeenth-Century Experimental PhilosophyPamela O. Long
II Displaying and Concealing Technics in the Nineteenth Century
5 Architecture for SteamM. Norton Wise
6 Illuminating the Opacity of Achromatic Lens Production: Joseph von Fraunhofer's Use of Monastic Architecture and Space as a LaboratoryMyles W. Jackson
7 The Spaces of Cultural Representation, circa 1887 and 1969: Reflections on Museum Arrangement and Anthropological Theory in the Boasian and Evolutionary TraditionsGeorge W. Stocking Jr.
8 Bricks and Bones: Architecture and Science in Victorian BritianSophie Forgan
III Modern Space
9 "Spatial Mechanics": Scientific Metaphors in ArchitectureAdrian Forty
10 Diagramming the New World, or Hannes Meyer's "Scientization" of ArchitectureK. Michael Hays
11 Listening to/for Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Development of Modern Spaces in AmericaEmily Thompson
12 Of Beds and Benches: Building the Modern American HospitalAllan M. Brandt and David C. Sloane
IV Is Architecture Science?
13 Architecture, Science, and TechnologyAntoine Picon
14 Architecture as Science: Analogy or Disjunction?Alberto Perez-Gomez
15 The Mutual Limits of Architecture and ScienceKenneth Frampton
16 The Hounding of the SnarkDenise 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 ContinuityRobert Venturi
18 The Design Process for the Human WorkplaceJames Collins Jr.
19 Life in the Lewis Thomas LaboratoryArnold J. Levine
20 Two Faces on Science: Building Identities for Molecular Biology and BiotechnologyThomas F. Gieryn
VI Centers, Cities, and Colliders
21 Architecture at FermilabRobert R. Wilson
22 The Architecture of Science: From D'Arcy Thompson to the SSCMoshe Safdie
23 Factory, Laboratory, Studio: Dispersing Sites of ProductionPeter Galison and Caroline A. Jones