Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xiii Abbreviations xvii Introduction xix Chapter 1: Impossible Engineering 1 Chapter 2: Territorial Politics 15 Chapter 3: Epistemic Credibility 36 Chapter 4: New Rome Confronts Old Gaul 60 Chapter 5: Shifting Sands 91 Chapter 6: The New Romans 117 Chapter 7: Thinking Like a King 154 Chapter 8: Monumental Achievement 176 Chapter 9: Powers of Impersonal Rule 203 Notes 229 Bibliography 277 Index 293
Chandra Mukerji is professor of communication and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of Territorial Ambitions and the Gardens of Versailles, A Fragile Power: Scientists and the State (Princeton), and From Graven Images: Patterns of Modern Materialism.
Joint winner of American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award 2012 (United States). Commended for Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in the Sociology of Culture Section category, American Sociological Association 2010.