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  • Science in the Archivesby Lorraine Daston

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 37.50

    Archives bring to mind rooms filled with old papers and dusty artifacts. But for scientists, the detritus of the past can be a treasure trove of material vital to present and future research: fossils collected by geologists; data banks assembled by geneticists; weather diaries trawled by climate scientists; libraries visited by historians. These are... more...

  • The Moral Authority of Natureby Lorraine Daston; Fernando Vidal

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 37.00

    For thousands of years, people have used nature to justify their political, moral, and social judgments. Such appeals to the moral authority of nature are still very much with us today, as heated debates over genetically modified organisms and human cloning testify. The Moral Authority of Nature offers a wide-ranging account of how people have... more...

  • Histories of Scientific Observationby Lorraine Daston; Elizabeth Lunbeck

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 34.00

    Observation is the most pervasive and fundamental practice of all the modern sciences, both natural and human. Its instruments include not only the naked senses but also tools such as the telescope and microscope, the questionnaire, the photographic plate, the notebook, the glassed-in beehive, and myriad other ingenious inventions designed to make... more...

  • Thinking with Animalsby Lorraine Daston; Gregg Mitman

    Columbia University Press 2005; US$ 29.99

    Is anthropomorphism a scientific sin? Scientists and animal researchers routinely warn against "animal stories," and contrast rigorous explanations and observation to facile and even fanciful projections about animals. Yet many of us, scientists and researchers included, continue to see animals as humans and humans as animals. As this innovative new... more...

  • Natural Law and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Europeby Michael Stolleis; Lorraine Daston

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    This impressive volume is the first attempt to look at the intertwined histories of natural law and the laws of nature in early modern Europe. These notions became central to jurisprudence and natural philosophy in the seventeenth century; the debates that informed developments in those fields drew heavily on theology and moral philosophy, and vice... more...

  • Kuhn's 'Structure of Scientific Revolutions' at Fiftyby Robert J. Richards; Lorraine Daston

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 25.00

    Thomas S. Kuhn?s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was a watershed event when it was published in 1962, upending the previous understanding of science as a slow, logical accumulation of facts and introducing, with the concept of the ?paradigm shift,? social and psychological considerations into the heart of the scientific process. More than... more...

  • The Empire of Chanceby Gerd Gigerenzer; Zeno Swijtink; Theodore Porter; Lorraine Daston; John Beatty; Lorenz Kruger

    Cambridge University Press 1990; US$ 41.00

    The Empire of Chance tells how quantitative ideas of chance transformed the natural and social sciences, as well as daily life over the last three centuries. A continuous narrative connects the earliest application of probability and statistics in gambling and insurance to the most recent forays into law, medicine, polling and baseball. Separate chapters... more...

  • How Reason Almost Lost Its Mindby Paul Erickson; Judy L. Klein; Lorraine Daston; Rebecca Lemov; Thomas Sturm; Michael D. Gordin

    University of Chicago Press 2013; US$ 45.00

    In the United States at the height of the Cold War, roughly between the end of World War II and the early 1980s, a new project of redefining rationality commanded the attention of sharp minds, powerful politicians, wealthy foundations, and top military brass. Its home was the human sciences?psychology, sociology, political science, and economics,... more...

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