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“Applied Science”: A Phrase in Search of a Meaning (2012)


Bud, Robert (Author)

Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Volume: 103, no. 3
Issue: 3
Pages: 537-545

Publication Date: 2012
Edition Details: Part of a focus section, “Applied Science”
Language: English

The term applied science, as it came to be popularly used in the 1870s, was a hybrid of three earlier concepts. The phrase applied science itself had been coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1817, translating the German Kantian term angewandte Wissenschaft. It was popularized through the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana, which was structured on principles inherited from Coleridge and edited by men with sympathetic views. Their concept of empirical as opposed to a priori science was hybridized with an earlier English concept of practical science and with science applied to the arts, adopted from the French. Charles Dupin had favored the latter concept and promoted it in the reconstruction of the Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Métiers. The process of hybridization took place from the 1850s, in the wake of the Great Exhibition, as a new technocratic government favored scientific education. Applied science subsequently was used as the epistemic basis for technical education and the formation of new colleges in the 1870s.

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