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Scientists and Swindlers: Consulting on Coal and Oil in America, 1820–1890 (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology) ePub download

by Paul Lucier

  • Author: Paul Lucier
  • ISBN: 0801890039
  • ISBN13: 978-0801890031
  • ePub: 1291 kb | FB2: 1395 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Engineering
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (December 22, 2008)
  • Pages: 448
  • Rating: 4.1/5
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Scientists and Swindlers: Consulting on Coal and Oil in America, 1820–1890 (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology) ePub download

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Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008 . xiii + 426 pp. Illustrations, photographs, notes, index. Coal gas was more firmly entrenched in the technological system-from mining to distribution networks to pol- itics (many cities possessed municipal monopolies).

Scientists and Swindlers: Consulting on Coal and Oil in America, 1820–1890

Scientists and Swindlers: Consulting on Coal and Oil in America, 1820–1890. Additional Information. Scientists and Swindlers: Consulting on Coal and Oil in America, 1820–1890. Published by: Johns Hopkins University Press. Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology.

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In this impressively researched and highly original work, Paul Lucier explains how science became an integral part of American technology and industry in the nineteenth century. Scientists and Swindlers introduces us to a new service of professionals: the consulting scientists. Lucier follows these entrepreneurial men of science on their wide-ranging commercial engagements from the shores of Nova Scotia to the coast of California and shows how their innovative work fueled the rapid growth of the American coal and oil industries and the rise of American geology and chemistry. Along the way, he explores the decisive battles over expertise and authority, the high-stakes court cases over patenting research, the intriguing and often humorous exploits of swindlers, and the profound ethical challenges of doing science for money.

Starting with the small surveying businesses of the 1830s and reaching to the origins of applied science in the 1880s, Lucier recounts the complex and curious relations that evolved as geologists, chemists, capitalists, and politicians worked to establish scientific research as a legitimate, regularly compensated, and respected enterprise. This sweeping narrative enriches our understanding of how the rocks beneath our feet became invaluable resources for science, technology, and industry.

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In "Scientists & Swindlers: Consulting on Coal and Oil in America, 1820-1890", historian Paul Lucier examines the nebulous position of scientists in nineteenth century, wherein they had to promote and sell their trade in order to perform the research that interested them. Describing the professionalization of science in the nineteenth century, Lucier writes, “Science is a job, and scientists are professionals. For most of the nineteenth century, neither was true. Science had few established sources of support, and the descriptive noun scientist, a term coined in Britain in the 1830s, was rarely used in America until late in the century. Nineteenth-century men of science were becoming professionals, and the key to that process was money – money to live on and money to do science” (pg. 1). Further, “Making money doing science required initiative, luck, and no small degree of self-promotion, besides the requisite experience and expertise. In other words, nineteenth-century American men of science had to be entrepreneurs” (pg. 2). To this end, scientists sought the patronage of government or capitalists. Lucier examines patronage in three fields: coal mining and prospecting; kerosene; and petroleum mining and its role in shaping economies and nations. Lucier's writing is insightful, often witty, and sheds light on the era before professional scientists.
Amhirishes
Thoughtful discussion of an important, but complex topic, much deeper than Daniel Yergin's "The Prize." Thoroughly explores the early confusion about the geological relationship between coal and oil. Good history of kerosene and its inventors.
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