Tools of Knowledge

Modelling the Creative Communities of the Scientific Instrument Trade, 1550-1914


The Scientific Instrument Trade

M. Biagioli, “From Print to Patents: Living on Instruments in Early Modern Europe,” History of Science 44 (2006): 139-186

David Bryden, Scottish Scientific Instrument-Makers 1600–1900 (Edinburgh: Royal Scottish Museum, 1972)

T.N. Clarke,  A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson, Brass and Glass: Scientific Instrument Making Workshops in Scotland (Edinburgh, 1989)

Gloria Clifton, Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers, 1550–1851 (London: Zwemmer in association with the National Maritime Museum, 1995)

Charles Mollan, Irish National Inventory of Historic Scientific Instruments (Dublin: Royal Dublin Society: EOLAS The Irish Science and Technology Agency, 1990)

A.D. Morrison-Low, Making Scientific Instruments in the Industrial Revolution (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)

A.D. Morrison-Low, Sara J. Schechner and Paolo Brenni (eds.), How Scientific Instruments Have Changed Hands (Leiden: Brill, 2017)

E. G. R. Taylor, The Mathematical Practitioners of Tudor & Stuart England (Cambridge: Institute of Navigation at the University Press, 1954)

Object itineraries

S.J.M.M. Alberti, ‘Objects and the Museum’, Isis 96 (2005), 559–571

D. Fontijn, ‘Cultural Biographies and Itineraries of Things – Second Thoughts’, in H. P. Hahn & H. Weiss (eds.), Mobility, Meaning and Transformations of Things: Shifting Contexts of Material Culture Through Time and Space (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2013), pp. 183–95

C. Gosden and Y. Marshall, ‘The Cultural Biography of Objects’, World Archaeology 31 (1999), 169–178

I. Kopytoff, ‘The Cultural Biography of Things: Commoditization as Process’, in A. Appadurai (ed.), The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), pp. 64–91