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Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Dr James Sumner

PhD

Publications

2016
Sumner, J. (2016). Making Computers Boring: Some Thoughts on Historical Exhibition of Computing Technology from the Mass-Market Era. Information & Culture, 51(1), 29-53. DOI: 10.7560/ic51102. Publication link: 6b5bc0bb-a0cf-4f13-8359-3946e5dd8f2f
Sumner, J. (2016). History of Science, Technology and Medicine. In A. Kidd, & T. Wyke (Eds.), Manchester: Making the Modern City. (pp. 118-169). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. . Publication link: 6799add5-e8d2-4bd3-81e9-4a4f7b3db41d
2014
Sumner, J. (2014). Defiance to compliance: visions of the computer in postwar Britain. History and Technology, 30(4), 309-333. DOI: 10.1080/07341512.2015.1008962. Publication link: 9fe55d77-52ba-4cba-908d-8d7a5f3b4030
2013
Sumner, J. (2013). Walls of resonance: Institutional history and the buildings of the University of Manchester. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 44(4), 700-715. DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2013.07.014. Publication link: 5adda669-243a-4dd1-b0f9-2a58a88c9086
Sumner, J. (2013). Brewing science, technology and print, 1700-1880. (Science and culture in the nineteenth century). London: Pickering and Chatto.. Publication link: c16fe80d-4f6f-4146-8be3-cae10aee1736
Nuvolari, A., & Sumner, J. (2013). Inventors, patents, and inventive activities in the english brewing industry, 1634-1850. Business History Review, 87(1), 95-120. DOI: 10.1017/S0007680513000159. Publication link: f4493a93-ce76-40c4-a025-a4d0d0dd50bf
2012
Sumner, J. (2012). 'Today, computers should interest everybody': the meanings of microcomputers. Zeithistorische Forschungen, 9(2), 307-315. . Publication link: c6c2c210-176c-40dc-a0f1-dba1c865e108
Sumner, J. (2012). Turing Today. Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 66(295), 295-300. DOI: 10.1098/rsnr.2012.0036. Publication link: 8a913757-2b6f-47f9-84ba-fdb8b31e169d
2011
Sumner, J. (2011). Teaching source criticism and independent investigation in the history of science, technology and medicine. Discourse (Heslington), 10(2), 195-214. . Publication link: ce4baea7-4e0d-4a30-abb8-7125152b0a9e
2008
Sumner, J. (2008). Standards and compatibility: The rise of the PC computing platform. History of Technology, 28, 101-127. . Publication link: 669f2b19-f280-40b3-802c-b09ae9444ec1
Sumner, J. B., & Gooday, G. J. N. G. (2008). Introduction: does standardization make things standard? (Special issue, "By whose standards? Standardization, stability and uniformity in the history of information and electrical technologies"). History of Technology, 28. . Publication link: 945d105e-9dd7-4582-a636-c10b645ef238
Sumner, J. (2008). Status, scale and secret ingredients: The retrospective invention of London porter. History and Technology, 24(3), 289-306. DOI: 10.1080/07341510801900409. Publication link: b0559d14-a8b8-410a-8523-775f23df4c5a
2007
Sumner, J. (2007). Michael Combrune, Peter Shaw and commercial chemistry: the Boerhaavian chemical origins of brewing thermometry. Ambix, 54(1). DOI: 10.1179/174582307X165452. Publication link: b762c069-a293-48c8-a901-f4f94c745985
Sumner, J., & Caleb, A. M. (Ed.) (2007). Retailing scandal : the disappearance of Friedrich Accum. In (Re)creating Science in Nineteenth-Century Britain. (pp. 32-48). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publications. . Publication link: 2211ac48-57df-43a3-ac0d-2a7365f8cb61
Sumner, J. (2007). What makes a PC? Thoughts on computing platforms, standards, and compatibility. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 29(2), 87-88. DOI: 10.1109/MAHC.2007.30. Publication link: ffee9a04-12d8-49f4-ba03-f04a365b7f70
2005
Sumner, J. (2005). Powering the porter brewery. Endeavour, 29(2), 72-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2005.04.001. Publication link: 63fec184-e40c-4c26-b94e-cac8da416c97 | PubMed:15935859
2001
Sumner, J. (2001). John Richardson, saccharometry and the pounds-per-barrel extract: The construction of a quantity. British Journal for the History of Science, 34(3), 255-273. DOI: 10.1017/S000708740100440X. Publication link: 342f9ab4-1af9-4073-a9f1-2adea2081355
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