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Edited By: Ida Stamhuis

Online ISSN: 1600-0498

Associated Title(s): Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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The 1931 International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in London is best known for the delivery of the paper on the economic and bourgeois embedding of Newton's Principia by Boris Hessen. This event should have made western historians of science conscious of the importance of connecting science and society in their analysis. That was not the feeling during the conference. The Special Session in which the Russians read their papers, far from being a platform for Marxist history of science, ultimately became the stage for the public humiliation of the Soviet delegates. Read more in Five Tourniquets and a Ship's Bell (Chivers 2015 (57) 61-95).

Today, we have all but lost the direct experience of electricity, and with it, a sensibility to its poetic force as well as its significant past. Serious historical and critical work is necessary to unearth the scientific and artistic potential of electricity and its variegated experiences, uses and representations in the past. This is exactly what the authors contributing to this special issue have accomplished. The four articles and an introduction explore imaginaries of electricity constructed by historical actors starting from their embodied experiences, material culture and artistic and scientific traditions. Read more in the Special Issue Electricity and Imagination (2015 (57) 129-228).