On hybrid objects and their trajectories: Beddoes, Davy and the Battery

G. Pancaldi
2009 Notes and Records: the Royal Society journal of the history of science  
In this article I follow the voltaic battery as it was appropriated by the network of people centred on Thomas Beddoes and the Pneumatic Institution in Bristol. I use the case to explore the vicissitudes of a quite special 'hybrid object': I consider what we can learn from the trajectories that objects such as the battery describe when they travel across expert communities.
doi:10.1098/rsnr.2009.0034 fatcat:ui5ubmdphjc6zbcarmbhjqstfm