Biographies of Scientific Objects

ISBN-10: 0226136728

ISBN-13: 9780226136721

Edition: 2000

Authors: Lorraine Daston
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Description: This text is about how whole domains of phenomena - dreams, atoms, monsters, culture, society, mortality, centers of gravity, tuberculosis - come into being and sometimes pass away as objects of scientific study.

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universit�t, Berlin.Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and professor of medical history and science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Preface
Introduction: The Coming into Being of Scientific Objects
Preternatural Philosophy
Mathematical Entities in Scientific Discourse: Paulus Guldin and His Dissertatio De Motu Terrae
Dreams and Self-consciousness: Mapping the Mind in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
Mutations of the Self in Old Regime and Postrevolutionary France: from Ame to Moi to Le Moi
The Coming into Being and Passing Away of Value Theories in Economics (1776-1976)
"An Entirely New Object of Consciousness, of Volition, of Thought": the Coming into Being and (Almost) Passing Away of "Society" as a Scientific Object
"Sentimental Pessimism" and Ethnographic Experience: Or, Why Culture is Not a Disappearing "Object"
How the Ether Spawned the Microworld
Life Insurance, Medical Testing, and the Management of Mortality
On the Partial Existence of Existing and Nonexisting Objects
Cytoplasmic Particles: the Trajectory of a Scientific Object
List of Contributors
Index
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