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A Draft of the exam reading list for my research field open for suggestions

August 19, 2010

My question is how would one work in area studies into this specialty? And am trying to do the same with my comparative media studies list.

Bibliography for Research Field: Science Studies

The purpose of this list is to provide me with a broad overview as to what constitutes the key intellectual ideas and concerns in the field of science studies. Science studies is such a vast field that encompasses the history of science, philosophy of science, sociology of science, cultural study of science, and science and literature, as among its main players. While my own research interest is in physical science studies (particularly of mathematics and physics), I believe that all the other areas, whether the philosophy of biology, social studies of science or animal studies, all work together to construct and build multidimensional and rich network, interconnections and ontogeny of scientific epistemology. Moreover, I believe that science studies still have much to go in opening doorways to more theoretical, philosophical and paradigmatic insights. By standing, on the foundations laid by these works (and many more not listed here), I hope that the questions I will post for my exams, and also for my dissertation, will rigorously tackle the ideas advanced (or not yet advanced) between the pages of these volumes. I also attempt to weave in as much of feminist science studies into the list as I am able.

Barad, Karen. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Durham: Duke University press, 2007.

Cetina Knorr, Karin. Epistemic Cultures: How Sciences Make Knowledge. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.

Collins, H. M., & Pinch, T. J. Frames of Meaning: The Social Construction of Extraordinary Science. Henley-on-Thames: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1982

Collins, H. M., & Kusch, M. The Shape of Actions: What Humans and Machines Can Do. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998.

Damasio, Antonio R. Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. New York: Penguin, 2005

Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species: The 150th Anniversary Edition. New York: Signet Classics (Penguin Group USA), 2003.

Feyerabend, Paul. Farewell to Reason. London & NY: Verso, 1987.

Haraway, Donna J. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: the Reinvention of Nature. London: Free Association Books, 1991.

Haraway, Donna J. Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium. FemaleMan© _ Meets _OncoMouseNew York & London: Routledge, 1997.

Hull, David L. Science as a Process: an Evolutionary Account of the Social and Conceptual Development of Science.Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Fleck, Ludwig. Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact. Trans. Fred Bradley and Thaddeus J. Trenn. Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Galison, Peter. Image and Logic: a material culture of microphysics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Garber, Elizabeth. The Language of Physics: the calculus and the development of theoretical physics in Europe, 1750-1914. Boston: Birkhaeuser, 1999.

___________. Objectivity. Cambridge, MA: Zone Books, 2007

Gjertsen, Derek. Science and Philosophy:past and present. London: Penguin Books, 1992.

Kaplan, E. Ann and Susan Squier. Playing Doll: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies, & Fictions of Assisted Reproduction. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999.

Keller, Evelyn Fox, Reflections on Gender and Science. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Keller, Evelyn Fox and Helen Longino, Feminism & Science. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996).

Kevles, Daniel J. The Physicists: the history of a Scientific Community in Modern America. New York: Vintage Books, 1979.

Kuhn, Thomas. The structure of Scientific Revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Landa, Manuel de. Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy. London & NY: Continuum, 2002.

Latour, Bruno, Steve Woolgar & Jonas Salk. Laboratory Life: the construction of scientific facts. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1986.

Latour, Bruno. Science in Action: how to follow scientists and engineers through society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.

___________. The Pasteurization of France. Trans. Alan Sheridan and John Law. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press,1988.

Llyod, G.E.R. Adversaries and Authorities: Investigations into ancient Greek and Chinese science. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Lenoir, Timothy and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (eds.) Inscribing Science: Scientific Texts and the Materiality of Communication. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998.

Mauskopf, Seymour & Michael McVaugh. Elusive Science: Origins of Experimental Psychical Research. Baltimore and London: John Hopkins University Press. 1980.

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. The Visible and the Invisible: Followed by Working Notes. Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press, 1968.

Oyama, Susan. The Ontogeny of Information: Developmental Systems and Evolution, 2nd edition. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.

Parisi, Luciana. Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Bio-technology and the Mutation of Desire. London &NY: Continuum, 2004.

Pickering, Andrew. The Mangle of Practice: Time, Agency and Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

______________. Constructing Quarks: a sociological history of particle physics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Poincaré, Henri. Science and Hypothesis. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1952.

Plotnitsky, Arkady. Epistemology and Probability: Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger ,and the Nature of Quantum-Theoretical Thinking. New York & Dordrecht: Springer, 2010.

Popper, Karl. Conjectures and Refutations: the Growth of Scientific Knowledge. London & Henley: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1972.

Rose, Nikolas. The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century. NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006.

Rotman, Brian. Mathematics as Signs: Writing, Imagining, Counting. Stanford: Stanford University press, 2000.

Schweber, Silvan S. QED and the Men who made it. NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994.

Serres, Michel. Birth of Physics. Trans. Jack Hawkes. London: Clinamen Press Ltd, 2000.

____________. Leviathan and the Air Pump. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1989.

Smith, Barbara Herrnstein. Scandalous Knowledge: Science, Truth, and the Human. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Sterelny, Kim and Paul E. Grifiths. Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology. Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Thompson, D’arcy Wentworth. On Growth and Form. Ed. John Tyler Bonner. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1961.

Thompson, Charis. Making Parents: the Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies (Inside Technology). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Traweek, Sharon. Beamtimes and Lifetimes: the world of high-energy physicists. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992.

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