The Circulation of Science and Technology: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of the ESHS, Barcelona, 18-20 November 2010 pages:175-180
4th International Conference of the ESHS location:Barcelona date:18-20 November 2010
In the last decades of the nineteenth century, many European countries adopted a laboratory science system, in
which the German model served as the prime example to be imitated. This is often taken as proof of the central role accorded to German science, and positions followers of the German model on the periphery. In this paper another interpretation of this diffusion process is proposed, stressing the complementary nature of centre and periphery. The centre embodies the shared values of the wider community and serves to connect various members of that community. The centre only emerges as such as a focal point for aspirations fostered at the periphery. The diverging and often contrasting interpretations of the German model of laboratory science exemplify this complex and ambivalent relation between centre and periphery.