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- DescriptionObjectivity has a history, and it is full of surprises. In Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences -- and show how the concept differs from its alternatives, truth-to-nature and trained judgment. This is a story of lofty epistemic ideals fused with workaday practices in the making of scientific images. From the eighteenth through the early twenty-first centuries, the images that reveal the deepest commitments of the empirical sciences -- from anatomy to crystallography -- are those featured in scientific atlases, the compendia that teach practitioners what is worth looking at and how to look at it. Galison and Daston use atlas images to uncover a hidden history of scientific objectivity and its rivals. Whether an atlas maker idealizes an image to capture the essentials in the name of truth-to-nature or refuses to erase even the most incidental detail in the name of objectivity or highlights patterns in the name of trained judgment is a decision enforced by an ethos as well as by an epistemology. As Daston and Galison argue, atlases shape the subjects as well as the objects of science. To pursue objectivity -- or truth-to-nature or trained judgment -- is simultaneously to cultivate a distinctive scientific self wherein kwing and kwer converge. Moreover, the very point at which they visibly converge is in the very act of seeing t as a separate individual but as a member of a particular scientific community. Embedded in the atlas image, therefore, are the traces of consequential choices about kwledge, persona, and collective sight. Objectivity is a book addressed to anyone interested in the elusive and crucial tion of objectivity -- and in what it means to peer into the world scientifically.
- Author BiographyPeter Galison is Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. He is the author of Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time, How Experiments End, and Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics, among other books, and coeditor (with Emily Thompson) of The Architecture of Science (MIT Press, 1999).
- Author(s)Lorraine J. Daston,Peter Galison
- PublisherZone Books
- Date of Publication07/12/2010
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintZone Books
- Content Note32 color illus., 108 b&w illus.
- Weight980 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine39 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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