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Matter and Facts: Material Culture and the History of Science
Simon Werrett
This chapter explores changing approaches to material culture in the history of science and ways that archaeology and the history of science have served each other in the assessment of historical evidence. Historians have increasingly explored the role of the body, instruments, models, and other materials in the history of science, and use material re-enactments to learn more about past scientific practices. This work offers archaeologists opportunities to better understand archaeological assessments of evidence. Archaeology, in turn, offers new ways for historians of science to appreciate the material dimension of science and the places where it is practiced.