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FROM CAMBRIDGE TO VIENNA: THE SCINTILLATION COUNTER IN FEMALE HANDS

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<title> SUMMARY </title>Until recently scientific instruments were usually considered as having merely an antiquarian interest for the historian of science. In the recent historiography of science, instruments have come to be recognized as part of the material culture of the laboratory. They are never just about nuts and bolts, for instruments reflect gender hierarchies and politics within laboratories and the possibility of gaining epistemic control over the performed experiments. In this essay I discuss the use of the scintillation counter in two different experimental cultures that of Cambridge and Vienna in the 1920s, focusing especially on the role of women in handling and transforming the instrument in the Viennese setting.

Affiliations: 1: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

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2004-01-01
2016-12-06

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