Ursula Klein

Scientific and technical expertise in porcelain manufacture (around 1800)


Ferrum 89/2017

The paper investigates the role of knowledge and science in modern industrial production processes, focusing particularly on porcelain manufacture in the decades around 1800. Newly discovered archival sources throw light on the knowledge and training of “arcanum” specialists and ceramists at the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin. Knowledge and training are viewed in the context of the discourse on “useful sciences”. The useful sciences in the decades around 1800 are presented as an early form of technology science, something new that is neither academic science as practiced in the universities nor commercial applied science.


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