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In an interesting piece for the journal, Social Studies of Science, Susan Schmidt Horning argues that recording engineers of the twentieth century, notwithstanding great advances in the technology of recording, relied on tacit knowledge in the use of recording horns and microphones. Horning's paper illustrates that the concept of tacit knowledge has application in surprising contexts. This conclusory chapter was an exercise in symmetrical analysis. The professionalization of earth science marked the birth of amateur science, as the transformation of discourses in science and divining, respectively, paralleled and reflected each other. Traditions of mineralogy, physical geography, and advanced construction took root, trends that eventually culminated in the Freiberg Mining Academy.

Keywords: Freiberg mining academy; Susan Schmidt Horning; tacit knowledge



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