We are reblogging this review of Bruno Latour's classic book about science mainly for the question posed in the next to last paragraph of this post--namely, why do scientists (and scholars generally, we might add) care so much about priority and about getting credit for their work (e.g. citations, awards, etc.)? Is it simply another example of human vanity, or is it about something else?
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Let’s do one more post on the economics of science; if you haven’t heard of Latour and the book that made him famous, all I can say is that it is 30% completely crazy (the author is a French philosopher, after all!), 70% incredibly insightful, and overall a must read for anyone trying to understand how science proceeds or how scientists are motivated. 694 more words
In Bruno Latour’s book Aramis, or the love of technology, Latour writes about the advanced technological project designed to create a rapid transport system that was supposed to blend the benefits of both public and private urban transportation, but failed to ever get launched. 1,040 more words
This post is about a year late because the book “An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns” by Bruno Latour was published a year ago, but history in non-linear and I am just reading it now. 309 more words
Listen to my #BSHS14 paper - 'The History of Agricultural Experiment: A Latourian Synthesis of Genetics'
I have uploaded a video (including slides) of the paper I delivered at the 2014 British Society for the History of Science annual conference, hosted by the University of St Andrews. 164 more words
Insect hotels occur in inordinate numbers in Switzerland. Rustic structures resembling a
cabin, they provide gathering or swarming space for insects. Odd constructions, made even more odd by stumbling across them in the dark of a Swiss night, insect hotels are relics to the contributions individuals and small groups make to our domain. 304 more words