The Shape of Experiment
Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
What is the result of recent studies on the history of experiment? How has our image of science been changed since Ian Hacking’s statement, “experimentation has a life of its own,” turned into a catch phrase for investigations into the history of science? This conference will not aim at contributing to a more developed philosophy of scientific experimentation, nor will it try to return to the grand narratives on the history of science. Rather, the goal is to identify characteristic configurations within the history of experimentalization from 1800 to the present. The guiding question is: what are the typical forms of experiment that emerged in the separated and shared history of science, technology, and the arts?