The Poetics of Invention

  • Annie Gentes
Part of the Design Research Foundations book series (DERF)


This chapter exposes the difference between the rhetoric of science analyzed by the sociology of sciences and technologies and the poetic of science better apprehended thanks to the humanities. Research is just as much about naming things and telling stories as elaborating theories and testing them. Engineering researchers are also poets who work on words, acronyms, expressions, to give an identity to their production and who use their narrative skills to project the invention in complex stories that weave the present and the future together. The chapter studies the generative properties of these poetic practices.


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  • Annie Gentes
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  1. 1.Codesign Lab, I3Telecom ParisTechParisFrance

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