Niels Bohr Archive
History of Science Seminar
Mon 8 December 2014, 11.15
Aud. A, Niels Bohr Institute
Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen
Hans Rausing Professor of History of Science
Director of the Office for History of Science
Inventing the 'Science of Invention' :
Machines, Models and the Perfection of Civilisations
- a late 19th Century German Perspective.
In 1876 the German engineer Franz Reuleaux published his two volume book “theoretical kinematics” in which he sets out to transform the art of inventing machines into an exact science. In the paper I will not only show how he managed to set up the ‘equation of invention’ but more importantly the important implications for the understanding of the development of science, technology and civilisations.
H. Otto Sibum will also give a talk on Tuesday 9 December at 5pm for the Danish History of Science Society.