Image and Logic: Material Culture of Microphysics

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This study engages with the impact of modern technology on experimental physicists. It reveals how the ever-increasing scale and complexity of apparatus has distanced physicists from the very science which drew them into experimenting, and has fragmented microphysics into different technical traditions. At the beginning of this century, physics was usually done by a lone researcher who put together experimental apparatus on a benchtop. Now experiments are frequently larger than a city block, and experimental physicists lead very different lives - programming computers, working with industry, co-ordinating vast teams of scientists and engineers, and playing politics. The author describes how, as a result of these changes, the necessity for teamwork in operating multimillion-dollar machines has created dynamic "trading zones", where instrument makers, theorists and experimentalists meet, share knowledge, and co-ordinate the extraordinarily diverse pieces of the culture of modern microphysics - work, machines, evidence and argument.

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Peter Galison is Mallinckrodt Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University. He is author of "How Experiments End," published by the University of Chicago Press, and coeditor of "The Disunity of Science: Contexts, Boundaries, and Power."

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Galison, Peter
Publicado por University of Chicago Press, Chicago (1997)
ISBN 10: 0226279162 ISBN 13: 9780226279169
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Descripción University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1997. Paperback. Condición: Fine. xxv, 955 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (pages 849-902) and index. Fine with traces of spine label to spine foot. Inscribed by Galison to Nobel laureate Dr. Donald A. Glaser, inventor of the bubble chamber. With TLS from Halison to Glaser laid in. Search keyword DGLSR for more collectible titles from the Glaser collection. || Contents: 1. Introduction: Image and Logic -- 2. Cloud Chambers: The Peculiar Genius of British Physics -- 3. Nuclear Emulsions: The Anxiety of the Experimenter -- 4. Laboratory War: Radar Philosophy and the Los Alamos Man -- 5. Bubble Chambers: Factories of Physics -- 6. The Electronic Image: Iconoclasm and the New Icons -- 7. Time Projection Chambers: An Image Falling through Space -- 8. Monte Carlo Simulations: Artificial Reality -- 9. The Trading Zone: Coordinating Action and Belief -- Abbreviations for Archival Sources. Microphysics -- History -- 20th century. Physics -- Experiments -- History -- 20th century. Physical instruments -- History -- 20th century. Microphysique -- Histoire -- 20e siècle. Physique -- Expériences -- Histoire -- 20e siècle. Physique -- Instruments -- Histoire -- 20e siècle. Microphysics. Physical instruments. Physics -- Experiments. Natuurkunde. Wetenschappelijke technieken. Detectoren. Instrumenten. Physique -- Expériences -- 20e siècle. Physique -- Instruments -- 20e siècle. Microphysique -- 20e siècle. Nº de ref. del artículo: 85944

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