Time, Money, and History

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Abstract

This essay argues that taking the economy seriously in histories of science could not only extend the range of activities studied but also change—often quite radically—our understanding of well-known cases and instances in twentieth-century science. It shows how scientific intellectuals and historians of science have followed the money as a means of critique of particular forms of science and of particular conceptions of science. It suggests the need to go further, to a much broader implicit definition of what constitutes science—one that implies a criticism of much history of twentieth-century science for defining it implicitly and inappropriately in very restrictive ways.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-327
Number of pages12
JournalIsis
Volume103
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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