Instrumentation Between Science, State and Industry

  • Bernward Joerges
  • Terry Shinn

Part of the Sociology of the Sciences book series (SOSC, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Part One

    1. Bernward Joerges, Terry Shinn
      Pages 1-13
  3. Origins of the Research-Technology Community

  4. Interstitial Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Xavier Roqué
      Pages 51-68
    3. Patricia Nevers, Raimund Hasse, Rainer Hohlfeld, Walther Zimmerli
      Pages 97-118
  5. Purviews of Generic Instruments

  6. Standardized Languages

  7. In Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 249-272

About this book


these. In this book, we appropriate their conception of research-technology, and ex­ tend it to many other phenomena which are less stable and less localized in time and space than the Zeeman/Cotton situation. In the following pages, we use the concept for instances where research activities are orientated primarily toward technologies which facilitate both the production of scientific knowledge and the production of other goods. In particular, we use the tenn for instances where instruments and meth­ ods· traverse numerous geographic and institutional boundaries; that is, fields dis­ tinctly different and distant from the instruments' and methods' initial focus. We suggest that instruments such as the ultra-centrifuge, and the trajectories of the men who devise such artefacts, diverge in an interesting way from other fonns of artefacts and careers in science, metrology and engineering with which students of science and technology are more familiar. The instrument systems developed by re­ search-technologists strike us as especially general, open-ended, and flexible. When tailored effectively, research-technology instruments potentially fit into many niches and serve a host of unrelated applications. Their multi-functional character distin­ guishes them from many other devices which are designed to address specific, nar­ rowly defined problems in a circumscribed arena in and outside of science. Research­ technology activities link universities, industry, public and private research or me­ trology establishments, instrument-making finns, consulting companies, the military, and metrological agencies. Research-technology practitioners do not follow the career path of the traditional academic or engineering professional.


Invention Simulation cooperation media research science service stability technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernward Joerges
    • 1
    • 2
  • Terry Shinn
    • 3
  1. 1.Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, (WZB)Germany
  2. 2.Technische Universität BerlinGermany
  3. 3.Sociology and History of ScienceCNRS/GEMASParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0242-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9032-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0167-2320
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