Women's Activism and Social Change Rochester New York 1822 1872 dIt is connected to such as the physical world to me the actual substrate is reality when lockhart says mathematical reality all he means is that part of reality that we tend to perceive when we use the tools of theiscipline of mathematics to probe iti feel like i sorta know why pickering made this mistake he s already sort of out on a limb with his talk of material agency it s grouping him with the ANT people who sometimes resort to everything is signs nothingness a propos of our earlier
about continental theorists and or not you re willing to stand behind your theory he s at pains to make sure nobody thinks he s talking about ghosts eg he s like look material agency for sure but i m not talking about material intentionality are you crazy so it would be scary to him and open up too much vulnerability to try to impute the kind of substantiveness that is even capable of exerting agency on a mathematician to a reality that can t be located anywhere in the physical worldthe problem is that without this he s talking in circles a little bit on pp 142 143 he notes the centrality to his case of the idea that hamilton s transcriptions were forced moves which hamilton The Western Scar: The Theme of the Been-To in West African Fiction didn t have control over but he then immediately notes that hamilton exerted someiscretion overConversation About Continental Theorists And
which of the established conventions of isciplinary practice he going to obey and which he was going toof the established conventions of isciplinary practice he going to obey and which he was going to i am all for the idea that the The Mother I Carry: A Memoir of Healing from Emotional Abuse discipline itself is emergent in time and i think that s really right but i feel that pickering has contradicted himself here if hamilton is able to select which establishedisciplinary practices he s going to consider himself beholden to then it is not these Anthology of Articles on African Linguistics and Literature disciplinary practices that force his hand heoesn t have to accommodate them so pickering has failed to locate hamilton s partner in the The Writing Workshop dance of resistance and accommodation the refusal to talk about reality apart from either material reality or theiscipline itself has rendered the mathematician s actual ance partner invisible Pickering s groundbreaking book seems to me to have cleared up many theoretical issues left behind by both SSK Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and ANT Actor Network Theory Pickering like Hacking starts by rejecting the representational idiom in which science is thought to be the activity of representing or creating a map of nature Instead Pickering wants to concern himself with the performative image of science in which science is regarded as a field of powers capacities and performances 7 For Pickering ignoring the oing of science is to completely miss the point of understanding the construction of scientific knowledge in the first place First Pickering goes after SSK s obsession with human agency Fic work both past and present Pickering examines in Distant Echoes Finding Keys To Life After Abuse detail the building of the bubble chamber in particle physics the search for the uark the construction of the uarternion system in mathematics and the introduction of computer controlled machine tools in industry He uses these examples to address the most basic elements of scientific practice theevelopment of experimental apparatus the production of facts the evelopment of theory and the interrelation of machines and social organizati. Provides an interesting theoretical bridge between physics and social science Beautiful thoughtful exploration of scientific epistemology based on case studies In particular the uestion of where scientific models and concepts come from presenting a challenge both to a the scientific orthodoxy that imagines an underlying stable physical reality to which scientific models hue ever closely through the scientific process and b the critiue coming from the sociology of science that scientific theories merely reflect the social context in which they are created and that they are esigned to serve Pickering argues that science is a kind of a partner ance between the physical world and the community of scientists in which both exert influence on the outcome through a process of tuningadjustingdialectic of resistance and accommodation until the scientific
and social objectives of the endeavor are met and this outcome issocial objectives of the endeavor are met and this outcome is etermined ahead of time either by the physical world challenging the scientific orthodoxy or by the social world challenging the sociological view but emerges through the The Alchemy of Culture: Intoxicants in Society dance itself To me the most useful idea has been the way this calls attention to the simultaneous creative freedom and constraint by physicality of the scientist you are free too whatever experiment create whatever conceptual model etc that you want but the world usually won t cooperate Just a tiny few of the vast array of possible paths you take will work This everyday truth is somehow clarifying beyond its Rough Rider: BWWM Interracial MC Biker Alpha Male Romance due in a lot of areas of theory about how the world works See for example the way Spatz uses it in What a Body Can Do to shed light on the problem of agency with regard to gender in leftist social theoryI found Pickering s basic epistemological argument chapters 1 2 about the structure of scientific thought convincing When he applied it to math in chapter 4 as a mathematician I felt that heidn t press his theory fully perhaps he was worried about being called a nutty theorist Throughout he Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings draws on continental theory particularly Latour and Actor Network Theory but he is at pains to make sure you understand that he is sayingown to earth clear concrete things that you can pin Mapping wild gardens: The symbolic conquest of South Africa (African literatures in English) down ie that youon t mistake him for one of those intentionally obtuse French Gramatica de baza a limbii romane dudes The uestion at stake is when the science in uestion is mathematics who is the scientist s partner in theance When the subject was physics you could say the physical world but with math you can t say that Pickering tries to give an account in which the partner is somehow the Suggestive Inuiry into the Hermetic Mystery with a Dissertation on the More Celebrated of the Alchemical Philosophers Being an Attempt Towards the Recovery of the Ancient Experiment of Nature discipline of mathematics itself but I thought this was weak His whole point is that the scientist is facing an external agent Theiscipline is insufficiently external I found an email. This ambitious book by one of the most original and provocative thinkers in science studies offers a sophisticated new understanding of the nature of scientific mathematical and engineering practice and the production of scientific knowledgeAndrew Pickering offers a new approach to the unpredictable nature of change in science taking into account the extraordinary number of factors social technological conceptual and natural that interact to affect the creation of scientific knowledge In ,
I wrote a friend where I elaborate on all this so I m including it below slightly edited in a PSNB I read chapters 1 2 and 4 I am curious about the later chapters but got what I needed and suspect that I am going to find Pickering s view in the later chapters less useful to mePS Here s
that email Forgive the of capitalization The Hamilton to is William Rowan Hamilton the inventor of uaternionsemail Forgive the lack of capitalization Hamilton referred to William Rowan Hamilton the inventor of uaternions invention is the subject of chapter 4i read ch 1 and 2 of pickering and started on ch 4 i College University Budgeting: College And University Budgeting decided i will read the rest of ch 4 and after that put the bookown for now basically i find his main argument convincing regarding how scientific practice happens Integrating Cleveland Baseball dialectic of resistance and accommodation interactive stabilization both human and material agency emergent in time etc i am not going to get to the part where he engages the metaphysics in particular i m curious about what he has to say about the problematic of realism which somewhere in ch 1 he beautifully characterized as the nature of the purchase our knowledge has on the world and vice versa where i feel like there will be room for his solutions not to totally match my sensibilities but there is one significant thing that happened in ch 4 where i see itifferently from himthe uestion is what is the substrate that the mathematician engages in the The Modern Drunkard's Adventures with Alcohol dialectic of resistance and accommodation pickering s answer is theiscipline as in Grassroots Leviathan disciplinary agency vs the material agency that happens when the physicists engage a material substrate when he first used the phraseisciplinary agency i was excited because he wants to Voices and Veils draw a parallel between the mathematician s work and the physicist s engagement with something as obviously external and extrinsic to her control as the physical world however when he actually elaborates whatisciplinary agency is made of to me it felt way too thin both to capture my own experience but even really to support his own case once this happened i realized that the word Facts and Features of English History, a Series of Alternating Reading and Memory Exercises disciplinary agency is wrong anyway theiscipline is not the partner in the 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School dance of resistance and accommodation because it is not external and extrinsic to the scientist s control in the way that the material world is math has an eually extrinsic partnerthe substrate of mathematics is not theiscipline itself the Love in Bloom discipline is a set of tools to probe a substrate external to it it is the same for allisciplines materiality is the wrong name for this substrate because math is not material mathematicianeducator paul lockhart calls it mathematical reality he wrote something like that s the thing about mathematical reality when we push on it it pushes back but to me this is too narrow because it separates it artificially from all the other substrates. Is view machines instruments facts theories conceptual and mathematical structures African Native Literature: Or, Proverbs, Tales, Fables and Historical Fragments in the Kanuri or Bornu Language disciplined practices and human beings are in constantly shifting relationships with one another mangled together in unforeseeable ways that are shaped by the contingencies of culture time and place Situating material as well as human agency in their larger cultural context Pickering uses case studies to show how this picture of the open changeable nature of science advances a richer understanding of scienti.