Workshop: The Making of the Spectroscope

1 - 2 September, 2001
Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany

“The Making of the Spectroscope,” a workshop on the history and sociology of spectroscopy, was held at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, on 1-2 September, 2001. The workshop analyzed technical innovations and competing traditions in the manufacture and uses of spectroscopes, and aimed to understand the making of communities in which spectroscopes were designed and used. It explored the creation and changing social roles of the spectroscope. Speakers focused on instruments, practices, and specific individuals and groups associated with the spectroscope, as well as the factors influencing them, such as representations, economies etc. The workshop brought together various people working on the history and sociology of spectroscopes and spectroscopic practice and provided them with a platform to exchange their ideas and approaches. The workshop took place on the basis of pre-circulated papers, with the aim of publishing a collective volume. The organisers also invited poster presentations to this workshop. The meeting was organised in collaboration with the International Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC) and with the support of the Hans R. Jenemann Foundation. Organizers: Klaus Staubermann, Humboldt Foundation, and Charlotte Bigg, University of Cambridge.

Workshop: The Making of the Spectroscope