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Insatiable Curiosity: Innovation in a Fragile Future

Insatiable Curiosity: Innovation in a Fragile Future

Helga Nowotny

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|August 13, 2010

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An influential scholar in science studies argues that innovation tames the insatiable and limitless curiosity driving science, and that society's acute ambivalence about this is an inevitable legacy of modernity. Curiosity is the main driving force behind…
Fascist Pigs: Technoscientific Organisms And The History Of Fascism
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How the breeding of new animals and plants was central to fascist regimes in Italy, Portugal, and Germany and to their imperial expansion. In the fascist regimes of Mussolini's Italy, Salazar's Portugal, and Hitler's Germany, the first mass mobilizations…
Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine: How Occupied Landscapes Shape Scientific Knowledge
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Digital practices in social and political landscapes: Why two researchers can look at the same feature and see different things. Maps are widely believed to be objective, and data-rich computer-made maps are iconic examples of digital knowledge. It is often…
Reordering Life: Knowledge And Control In The Genomics Revolution
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How the regimes governing biological research changed during the genomics revolution, focusing on the Human Genome Project. The rise of genomics engendered intense struggle over the control of knowledge. In Reordering Life , Stephen Hilgartner examines the…
The Sound Of Innovation: Stanford And The Computer Music Revolution
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How a team of musicians, engineers, computer scientists, and psychologists developed computer music as an academic field and ushered in the era of digital music. In the 1960s, a team of Stanford musicians, engineers, computer scientists, and psychologists used…
Developer's Dilemma: The Secret World Of Videogame Creators
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An examination of work, the organization of work, and the market forces that surround it, through the lens of the collaborative practice of game development. Rank-and-file game developers bring videogames from concept to product, and yet their work is almost…
On Line And On Paper: Visual Representations, Visual Culture, And Computer Graphics In Design…
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The role of representation in the production of technoscientific knowledge has become a subject of great interest in recent years. In this book, sociologist and art critic Kathryn Henderson offers a new perspective on this topic by exploring the impact of…
Designing Engineers

Designing Engineers

Louis L. Bucciarelli

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|January 31, 1996

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Designing Engineers describes the evolution of three disparate projects: an x-ray inspection system for airports, a photoprint machine, and a residential photovoltaic energy system. The products of engineering design are everywhere, but who or what determines…
The Paradox Of Scientific Authority: The Role Of Scientific Advice In Democracies
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Assessing the influence of scientific advice in societies that increasingly question scientific authority and expertise. Today, scientific advice is asked for (and given) on questions ranging from stem-cell research to genetically modified food. And yet it often…
The Social Construction of Technological Systems, anniversary edition: New Directions in the…
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An anniversary edition of an influential book that introduced a groundbreaking approach to the study of science, technology, and society. This pioneering book, first published in 1987, launched the new field of social studies of technology. It introduced a method…