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Gadgets, gizmos, and instruments: Science for the tinkering

Journal/Book: Sci Technol Hum Val. 1996; 21: 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Sage Publ Inc. 214-228.

Abstract: Universal, scientific knowledge emerges from research practices. Scientists tinker with and align local conditions to produce scientific knowledge. Research equipment and scientific instruments are essential tools for knowledge production Scientists differ; however in their ability to handle these material resources of research One type of scientist who also represents a way of handling resources, is referred to by field scientists as a ''gadget-man.'' Drawing upon a participant observation study of a marine laboratory in the Caribbean and a study in which the author traced the development of photographic identification of cetacean this article characterizes ''gadget-scientists'' in their research quest for scientific knowledge.

Note: Article F Nutch, Trent Univ, Peterborough, on K9J 7B8, Canada

Keyword(s): SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE; WORK; ORGANIZATION; TECHNOLOGY


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