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Pedagogy and the Practice of Science : Historical and Contemporary Perspectives - David Kaiser

Pedagogy and the Practice of Science

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

By: David Kaiser (Editor)

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Published: 1st July 2005
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Pedagogy and the Practice of Science provides the first sustained examination of how scientists' and engineers' training shapes their research and careers. The wide-ranging essays move pedagogy to the center of science studies, asking where questions of scientists' training should fit into our studies of the history, sociology, and anthropology of science. Chapter authors examine the deep interrelations among training, learning, and research and consider how the form of scientific training affects the content of science. They investigate types of training -- in cultural and political settings as varied as Victorian Britain, interwar Japan, Stalinist Russia, and Cold War America -- and the resulting scientific practices. The fields they examine span the modern physical sciences, ranging from theoretical physics to electrical engineering and from nuclear weapons science to quantum chemistry.The studies look both at how skills and practices can be transferred to scientists-in-training and at the way values and behaviors are passed on from one generation of scientists to the next. They address such topics as the interplay of techniques and changing research strategies, pedagogical controversies over what constitutes "appropriate" or "effective," the textbook as a genre for expressing scientific creativity, and the moral and social choices that are embodied in the training of new scientists. The essays thus highlight the simultaneous crafting of scientific practices and of the practitioners who put them to work.

"Bewitched on the one side by myths of Scientific Genius and on the other by myths of Scientific Method, historians have neglected the study of the actual forms in which knowledge, norms, and techniques have been transmitted from one generation of scientists to the next. David Kaiser's skillfully edited collection is not only an invitation to address these issues; it is itself a considerable achievement." Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University "Bewitched on the one side by myths of Scientific Genius, and on the other by myths of Scientific Method, historians have neglected the study of the actual forms in which knowledge, norms, and techniques have been transmitted from one generation of scientists to the next. David Kaiser's skilfully edited collection is not only an invitation to address these issues; it is itself a considerable achievement."--Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University "*An Engine, Not a Camera* is a compelling, detailed, and elegantly written exploration of the conditions in which finance economists help to make the world they seek to describe and predict. Donald MacKenzie has long been without equal as a sociologist of how late modern futures are brought into being and made authoritative. This is his best work yet."--Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Moving Pedagogy from the Periphery to the Centerp. 1
Teaching Practices, Transferring Skills
Beilstein Unbound: The Pedagogical Unraveling of a Man and his Handbuchp. 11
Making Tools Travel: Pedagogy and the Transfer of Skills in Postwar Theoretical Physicsp. 41
A Pedagogy of Diminishing Returns: Scientific Involution across Three Generations of Nuclear Weapons Sciencep. 75
Pedagogical Cultures in Collision
Fear, Shunning, and Valuelessness: Controversy over the Use of "Cambridge" Mathematics in Late Victorian Electro-Technologyp. 111
The Geist in the Institute: The Production of Quantum Physicists in 1930s Japanp. 151
Instruments in Training: The Growth of American Probe Microscopy in the 1980sp. 185
The Action of Textbooks
The Power of Didactic Writings: French Chemistry Textbooks of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 219
"Think Less about Foundations": A Short Course on Landau and Lifshitz's Course of Theoretical Physicsp. 253
In the "Context of Pedagogy": Teaching the Strategy and Theory Change in Quantum Chemistryp. 287
Generational Reproduction
The Foundations of a Canon: Kohlrausch's Practical Physicsp. 323
Generating High-Energy Physics in Japan: Moral Imperatives of a Future Pluperfectp. 357
Conclusion: Kuhn, Foucault, and the Power of Pedagogyp. 393
List of Contributorsp. 411
Series Listp. 415
Indexp. 417
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ISBN: 9780262112888
ISBN-10: 0262112884
Series: Inside Technology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.85