Toward a New Dimension: Exploring the Nanoscale

Hardcover | September 28, 2014

byANNE MARCOVICH, Terry Shinn

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Over the course of the last thirty years, the investigation of objects at the nano scale has rocketed. Nanoscale scientific research has not only powerfully affected the amount and orientation of knowledge, it has perhaps even more significantly redirected the ways in which much research workis carried out, changed scientists' methodology and reasoning processes, and influenced aspects of the structure of career trajectory and the functioning of scientific disciplines. This book identifies key historical moments and episodes in the birth and evolution of nanoscience, discusses the novel repertory of epistemological concerns of practitioners, and signals sociological propensities. As Galileo's telescope explored the moon's surface four hundred years ago, nanoinstrumentation now makes it possible to see the surface of single molecules. Moreover, practitioners are able to manipulate individual atoms and molecules at will to produce pre-designed synthetic materials, non-existent in nature. The combinatorial of heightened observational capacity and thetailoring of synthetic artificial materials exhibiting hitherto novel physical properties has widened and transformed the worlds of scientific knowledge and technical artefact. This book invites the question: to what extent does nanoscale scientific research constitute a kind of "scientificrevolution"?

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Over the course of the last thirty years, the investigation of objects at the nano scale has rocketed. Nanoscale scientific research has not only powerfully affected the amount and orientation of knowledge, it has perhaps even more significantly redirected the ways in which much research workis carried out, changed scientists' methodol...

Anne Marcovich is a historian and sociologist of science and medicine based at the Paris Maison des Sciences de l'Homme. Her research work entails studies of the relations between human body representations and representations of the social body; the history of ideas and theories concerning cancer, the human brain, and the processes a...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.1 inPublished:September 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198714610

ISBN - 13:9780198714613

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Mainstays of nanoscale research2. Worlds of nanophysics3. The scale of life?4. Epistemological frames and practices5. The role of combinatorials in structuring NSR cognitive trajectories6. Which disciplinarity for nanoscale research?General conclusion