The Polytechnic Breakthrough in Denmark 1780-1930: From Bildungsbürgertum to a Scientifically Skilled Class of Professionals

Michael Wagner

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    Abstract

    The notion that science leads to technology is manifest in the writing of modern history. As an important metaphor of modernity in the engineering discourse, the idea of the relation between science and technology and its impact on society being a one-sided affair can be traced back to the beginning of the 19th century. The analysis is focused on the political construction of the Danish polytechnic Institute and the development in engineering discourse in the period 1830-1930. The ideological changes in the discourse are considered an political effect of the second Industrial Revolution, which took place in Danish society during this time.
    Translated title of the contributionDet polytekniske gennembrud i Danmark: fra dannelsesborgerskab til en videnskabeligt dannet profession
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEngineering Science, Skills and Bildung
    EditorsJens Christensen, Lars Bo Henriksen, Anette Kolmos
    Number of pages21
    Place of PublicationAalborg
    PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
    Publication date2006
    Pages21-41
    ISBN (Print)8773077658
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Keywords

    • Technology
    • Science
    • Engineering
    • Polytechnichs

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    Wagner, M. (2006). The Polytechnic Breakthrough in Denmark 1780-1930: From Bildungsbürgertum to a Scientifically Skilled Class of Professionals. In J. Christensen, L. B. Henriksen, & A. Kolmos (Eds.), Engineering Science, Skills and Bildung (pp. 21-41). Aalborg Universitetsforlag.