Reproducing technical objects: Critical analysis of sources

This article analyzes copies and models of technical objects as a particular category of sources for the history of science and technology. Depending on the purpose of reproduction and its functions, two groups of such objects can be distinguished, each requiring its own historiographical approach. The problem of authenticity of information about the original object and its representation in the copy is discussed with the help of several concrete examples.

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, Reproducing technical objects: Critical analysis of sources, Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki [Studies in History of Science and Technology], , p.  3–14


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