||Horst Nowacki, Wolfgang Lefevre
||Brill Academic Publishers
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This book is based on the essential results of a Workshop held on December 7 to 9, 2006 at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin on the subject of "Creating Shapes in Civil and Naval Architecture: A Cross-Disciplinary Comparison". It presents the final version of 14 articles presented there and 4 relevant Appendices. The meeting in Berlin was held to lay certain foundations in a comparative study of the knowledge history in two related disciplines» Civil Architecture and Naval Architecture. Civil Architecture deals with the conception» design and realization of terrestrial buldings, Naval Architecture treats the corresponding tasks for floating, maritime structures. The two disciplines throughout their history have been sharing certain organizational objectives» technical methods and tools. Both aspire to create complex, multifunctional objects» though for different sets of functional requirements and operational environments. It is therefore legitimate to ask how much common ground do the two architectures share also in their knowledge histories. Which are their sources of knowledge genesis» how did their knowledge grow and migrate, how did they exchange any knowledge, did they influence each other or inherit common knowledge from other sources, was there any significant dialogue, both with respect to practical processes and methodical concepts? In short, with respect to their knowledge domains, were they more like twin sisters or more like distant cousins?..