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How well do facts travel? : the dissemination of reliable knowledge

Peter Howlett (William Peter); Mary S Morgan


Available at UDM McNichols Campus Library  UDM McNichols Library Stacks  (B 105 .F3 H69 2011 )()

  • Title:
    How well do facts travel? : the dissemination of reliable knowledge
  • Author: Peter Howlett (William Peter); Mary S Morgan
  • Description: Travelling facts / Facts and building artefacts : what travels in material objects? / A journey through times and cultures? Ancient Greek forms in American 19th century architecture / Manning's N : putting roughness to work / My facts are better than your facts : spreading good news about global warming / Real problems with fictional cases / Ethology's travelling facts / Travelling facts about crowded rats : rodent experimentation and the human sciences / Using cases to establish novel diagnoses : creating generic facts by making particular facts travel together / Technology transfer and travelling facts : a perspective from Indian agriculture / Archaeological facts in transit : the "eminent mounds" of central North America / Packaging small facts for re-use : databases in model organism biology / Designed for travel : communicating facts through images / Using models to keep us healthy : the productive journeys of facts across public health research networks / The facts of life and death : a case of exceptional longevity / Love life of a fact /
    "Facts often acquire a life of their own; the stories in this book explain why"--
    "Why write about facts? Facts are everywhere. They litter the utterances of public life as much as the private conversations of individuals. They frequent the humanities and the sciences in equal measure. But their very ubiquity tells us not only why it is difficult to form general but sensible answers in response to seemingly simple questions about facts, but also why it is important to do so. This book discusses how facts travel, and when and why they sometimes travel well enough to acquire a life of their own. Whether or not facts travel in this manner depends not only on their character and ability to play useful roles elsewhere, but also on the labels, packaging, vehicles, and company that take them across difficult terrains and over disciplinary boundaries. These diverse stories of traveling facts, ranging from architecture to nanotechnology and from romance fiction to climate science, change the way we see the nature of facts. Facts are far from the bland and rather boring but useful objects that scientists and humanists produce and fit together to make narratives, arguments, and evidence. Rather, their extraordinary abilities to travel well - and to fly flags of many different colors in the process - shows when, how, and why facts can be used to build further knowledge beyond and away from their sites of original production and intended use "--Provided by publisher.
  • Local Note: acq2011com
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press
  • Format: xviii, 465 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780521196543 (hardback);ISBN 052119654X (hardback);ISBN 9780521159586 (pbk. : alk. paper);ISBN 052115958X (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Subjects: Facts (Philosophy); Tatsache; Verbreitung; Experience; Philosophy
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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