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Point and line to plane : the ontography of carbon nanomaterials

Abstract : The carbons known today as fullerenes, nanotubes, and graphene were all observed or theo-rized well before becoming emblematic nanomaterials. However, by the 1990s, their mode of existence was shifted from bench or brand objects to technoscientific objects. After focusing on the separate life-stories of these carbons, this chapter recounts how, by eventually interweaving their trajectories and mutually referring to each other, these objects have reborn as a family of low-dimensional nanocarbons unfurling a space of indefinite technological possibilities saturated by promises of radical novelty: the nanoworld. The co-shaping of nanoworld and nanocarbons is reminiscent of that of the three basic figures composing the world of painting according to Kandinsky: point, line, and plane.
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Sacha Loeve. Point and line to plane : the ontography of carbon nanomaterials. Cahiers François Viète, Centre François Viète, Université de Nantes, 2017, From bench to brand and back : the co-shaping of materials and chemists in the twentieth century, III (2), pp.183-206. ⟨halshs-01772433⟩



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