Detailed bibliographic information for the talks in this conference proceedings does not seem to be easily available and since there are quite a variety of papers there, I thought I would offer up a table of contents. The conference ran for three days, and the papers for each day have an introduction I have omitted from the contents.
Bart Grob and Hans Hooijmaijers (eds.), Who Needs Scientific Instruments. Conference on Scientific Instruments and their Users, 20–22 October 2005. Leiden: Museum Boerhaave, 2006, 272 pp. (plus CD-ROM).
van Lunteren, Frans. ‘”Beati possidentes”: The Royal Dutch Academy and the standard metre’, 17—27.
von Lünen, Alexander. `Who needs scientific instruments? Philosophers! Physiology and philosophy in the fin e siècle’, 29—35.
Gaulke, Karsten. `Scrutinising a legend: A new look at the mathematical instruments and clocks of Wilhelm IV of Hesse-Kassel and the `Wissenschaftskammer”, 37—46.
Hauschke, Sven. `Scientific instruments, the ‘Kunstkammer’ and the invention of the renaissance ‘Kunstschrank”, 49—55.
Le Guet Tully, Françoise; and Davoigneau, Jean. `The 19th-century observatory today: From astronomical instrument to cultural and scientific symbol’, 57—64.
Pettersen, Björn Ragnvald. Astronomy in a shipping nation: harbor observatories in Norway 1850—1900′, 67—72.
Dupre, Sven; and Korey, Michael. `The use and re-use of optical instruments: Creating knowledge in the Dresden Kunstkammer’, 75—80.
Morrison-Low, Alison. “It was a dark and stormy night,: Instrument makers and the Northern lights’, 89—97.
Baker, Alexi Shannon. ‘The London instrument trade, from Culpeper to Cole’, 99—105.
Huisman, Tim. `The Leiden Theatrum Anatomicum: An instrument of encyclopaedic knowledge in a changing world’, 107—113.
Jorink, Erik. “These wonderful galsses’. Dutch humanists and the microscope, 1620—1670′, 115—122.
Roberts, Lisa. `Running in place: Location and identity in the history of Dutch steam engines’, 125—132.
Brüsch, Björn. `The technical sphere of the garden: uses of instruments and garden devices in 19th-century gardening’, 135—141.
Sichau, Christian. `Making science modern by setting up an experimental observatory in Victorian Britain’, 143—148.
van Delft, Dirk. `The blue-collar boys: The school of instrument makers at the Leiden Physics Laboratory of Heike Kamerlingh Onnes’, 151—156.
Soubiran, Sebastien. `From scientific instrument to technical efficiency: British Royal navy technological testing process, 1913—1940′, 159—167.
Erlingsson, Steindor J. `The Plymouth laboratory of the Marine Biological Association and the rise of experimental zoology in Britain’, 169—174.
Camerota, Filippo. `Admirabilis Circinus: The spread and improvement of Fabrizio Mordente’s compass’, 183—192.
Zik, Yaakov. `Theory and practice of early telescopic observation: Galileo and the telescope’, 195—200.
Raposo, Pedro. `Down-to-earth solutions for celestial purposes: Remarks on the life and works of the astronomer/instrument maker Campos Rodrigues (1836—1919)’, 203—207.
Débrabat, Suzanne. `From sea to land: From Hadley’s octant to Danjon’s astrolabe’, 209—216.
de Hilster, Nicolàs. `Reconstruction of the Spiegelboog‘, 219—225.
Caplan, James. `Reduction procedures and the development of the meridian circle in the 19th century’, 227—233.
Ratcliff, Marc. `Forms shaped by functions? Using, improving and conceiving microscopes during the 1740s’, 235—244.
Fournier, Marian. `From the laboratory to the factory: Le Poole and the electron microscope’, 247—251.
Kremer, Richard. `Inventing instruments and users: Harold Edgerton and the General Radio Company, 1932—1970′, 253—262.
Care, Charles. `The analogue computer as scientific instrument’, 265—271.
Do look the papers up if there is something that interests you.