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Science, Culture, and Modern State Formation

Patrick Carroll


This study explores the profound relationship between science and government to present a new understanding of modern state formation. Beginning with the experimental science of Robert Boyle in seventeenth-century England, the book develops the concept of engine science to capture the centrality of engineering practices and technologies in the emerging mechanical philosophy. It traces the introduction of engine science into colonial Ireland, showing how that country subsequently became a laboratory for experiments in statecraft. The author's wide-ranging study, spanning institutions, political ... More

Keywords: government, modern state formation, mechanical philosophy, cartography, statistics, natural history, public health, sanitary engineering, Ireland, environmental sustainability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247536
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Carroll, author