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Away, Away to Falun! – J.G Gahn and the application of enlightenment chemistry to smelting

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  • Fors, Hjalmar

    () (Division of History of Science and Technology, KTH)

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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.

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  • Fors, Hjalmar, 2009. "Away, Away to Falun! – J.G Gahn and the application of enlightenment chemistry to smelting," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 210, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0210
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    Keywords

    enlightment; chemistry; chemical reforms; technology history;

    JEL classification:

    • N70 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - General, International, or Comparative

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