The Invisible Industrialist

Manufactures and the Production of Scientific Knowledge

  • Jean-Paul Gaudillière
  • Ilana Löwy

Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. General Introduction

    1. Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Ilana Löwy
      Pages 3-15
  3. Tools and Research Materials: The Industrialist as Producer

  4. Standardizing Tools, Operators and Practices: The Industrialist as Regulator

  5. Organization of Research and Policy: The Industrialist as Manager

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 369-379

About this book


Industrial methods, and industrially produced instruments, reagents and living organisms are central to research activities today. They play a key role in the homogenization and the diffusion of laboratory practices, thus in their transformation into a stable and unproblematic knowledge about the natural world. This book displays the - frequently invisible - role of industry in the construction of fundamental scientific knowledge through the examination of case studies taken from the history of nineteenth and the twentieth century physics, chemistry and biomedical sciences.


chemistry electron microscopy history industry management material organization physics production research

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Paul Gaudillière
    • 1
  • Ilana Löwy
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche MédicaleParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-26445-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-26443-8
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