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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (19 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262018799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262018791
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeanne Haffner is a Lecturer on the History of Science at Harvard University. Peter Galison is Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. He is the author of Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time, How Experiments End, and Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics, among other books, and coeditor (with Emily Thompson) of The Architecture of Science (MIT Press, 1999).

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A basically solid account of the development of a particular way of conceiving of French colonial, and ultimately, domestic space. Rooted in critical geopolitics and benefitting from archival work, there is some really interesting material here but the structure is a bit disjointed at times and I felt some of the early chapters went over the same ground without developing new arguments. Probably of limited interest to all but a handful, but can certainly be read alongside Scott's Seeing Like a State.
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