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No 210:
Away, Away to Falun! – J.G Gahn and the application of enlightenment chemistry to smelting

Hjalmar Fors ()

Abstract: What happened when Enlightenment chemical reformers came face to face with the complex world of artisanal production? How did they gain access to and, eventually, authority over this area of “otherness”? These are the main questions discussed in this paper, which studies an episode in which a young chemist, Johan Gottlieb Gahn, sought to reform existing craft processes.

Keywords: enlightment; chemistry; chemical reforms; technology history; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: N70; (follow links to similar papers)

26 pages, December 18, 2009

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