Metaphor Lecture - Language and metaphor in Language and...

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Unformatted text preview: Language and metaphor in Language and metaphor in understanding science and the understanding science and the study of science study of science What Do Scientists Do most in their What Do Scientists Do most in their Work? Work? • Observe? • Experiment? • Theorize? • Speak? • Write? Scientists are literary reasoners (Bruno Latour) They write grant applications, lab notes, scientific papers, refereeing comments on others’ papers and grant applications, lectures, letters of recommendation, other bureaucratic stuff, etc Inscription Devices Inscription Devices Often scientific data take a graphical or printed form produced by what Latour calls “inscription devices”. An inscription device is: an item of apparatus or configuration of such items which can transform a material substance into a figure or diagram which is directly usable by other scientists. Inscriptions are Reproducible and Transportable • Inscription devices include electron microscopes, and mass spectrometers, – most devices which have graphical outputs. • An important aspect of scientific activity involves thinking about writing and incriptions. We will return to inscriptions incriptions....
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2007 for the course S&TS 2011 taught by Professor Pinch,t. during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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