Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-259) and index.
1. Science, culture, and modern state formation : theory and analysis -- 2. Understanding engine science : Robert Boyle and the new experimentalism -- 3. Engineering culture and the civilizing mission : William Petty and the new science in Ireland -- 4. Engineering the data state : scopes, meters, and graphs -- 5. Bio-population : the science of policing natural and political bodies -- 6. Engineering Ireland : the material designs of modern statecraft.
"This highly original study explores the profound relationship between science and government to present a new understanding of modern state formation. Beginning with a discussion of the experimental science of Robert Boyle in seventeenth-century England, Patrick Carroll develops the concept of "engine science" to capture the centrality of engineering practices and technologies to the emerging mechanical philosophy of the day. He traces the introduction of engine science into colonial Ireland, showing how that country subsequently became a laboratory for experiments in statecraft."--BOOK JACKET.