KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Away, Away to Falun! – J.G Gahn and the application of enlightenment chemistry to smelting
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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