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LA CLASSIFICAZIONE DEGLI STRUMENTI SCIENTIFICI

In: Nuncius
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SALVO D'AGOSTINO Dipartimento di Fisica, Università « La Sapienza », Roma

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Abstract

<title> SUMMARY </title>Some guiding ideas in the classification of historical scientific instruments are presented, with the aim of specifying usefull selectioncriteria for the exhibition in a scientific museum and historiography for the historian of physics. Classification criteria should be founded on the examination of structural features which belong to the instrument per se and to the modes in which it has been used in meaningful experiments. Examples are given in the history of some nineteenth century Electrometers. Some tools for a meaningful historiography of instruments are indicated in Information Theory.

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