Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

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

Hjalmar Fors ()
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Hjalmar Fors: Division of History of Science and Technology, KTH

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

JEL-codes: N70

26 pages, December 18, 2009

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