An Institute for an Empire: The Psysikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt, 1871-1918

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 23, 2004 - Science - 336 pages
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An Institute for an Empire is the first scholarly study of one of the world's foremost scientific institutions, the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt (PTR) in Imperial Germany. The Reichsanstalt stood at the forefront of institutional innovation in science and technology during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, uniting diverse practitioners and representatives of physics, technology, industry, and the state. It demonstrated how physics and industrial technology could help build a modem society and a modem nation-state. Moreover, it encouraged and helped inaugurate the era of Big Science. Professor Cahan also discusses the Reichsanstalt's leaders and scientists, including Wemer von Siemens and Hermann von Helmholtz, as well as its scientific and technological work. Among the Reichsanstalt's many accomplishments were contributions to the new quantum physics, development of physical standards and measuring instruments for science, industry, and the state, and testing work for a variety of German industries.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Physics and empire
10
Rift in the foundations
29
Between charisma and bureaucracy
59
Masters of measurement
126
The search for reform
176
Notes
228
Bibliography
275
Index
303
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Page 285 - Wahlvorschläge zur Aufnahme von Physikern in die Berliner Akademie 1870 bis 1929 von Hermann v. Helmholtz bis Erwin Schrödinger, bearb.

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