Foredrag i Videnskabshistorisk Selskab, HCØrsted Institutet, 2100 Kbh. Ø.
In this paper, I will argue, using examples from the Swedish sulphuric acid, phosphate, paper, and electrochemical industries during the end of the 19th century, that the knowledge needed to develop and to run such industries (so-called production knowledge) consists of many different parts. Contrary to general belief, academic science is but a small part. Whereas academic chemical knowledge functions on a laboratory level, production knowledge should function in large scale operations. The differences between these two forms of knowledge are considerable. Theoretical calculations do rarely if ever coincide with actual yield. Furthermore, industrial processes involve such things as hands-on knowledge of running processes, qualitative judgments of the raw material used, adaption to changing outer conditions like weather and season, work organization and not least economic considerations. This knowledge is essential for the industry, but is not learned in an academic laboratory or by theoretical studies, but only on-the-spot at the industrial plant itself.
tirsdag den 5. marts 2013, kl. 17
Tuesday 5 March at 5 p.m.
Auditorium 10, H. C. Ørsted Instituttet,
Universitetsparken 5, 2100 Copenhagen Ø
Kl. 16.30 byder Selskabet på kaffe, te og frugt i Institut for Matematiske Fags frokoststue, rum 04.4.19 på 4. sal.