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<title> SUMMARY </title>This paper focuses on a replication of Kirchhoff and Bunsen's 1859 flame spectroscopy experiments. I describe the construction of the replica based on new sources giving details of the spectral apparatus. I then show how the performance of the experiment using this replica brought new insights into what became known as the discovery of spectral analysis. In particular, the importance of the expertise gained by both scientists in their previous investigations is revealed, as well as the active contribution of instrument maker Carl Steinheil in the construction of two versions of the apparatus. The analytical spectroscope was, I argue, the result of an intensive collaboration between the instrument maker and the two scientists.

Affiliations: 1: Humboldt University, Berlin


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