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Standardization in Measurement

Philosophical, Historical and Sociological Issues

Edited by Oliver Schlaudt, Lara Huber

© 2015 – Routledge

256 pages

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Hardback: 9781848935716
pub: 2015-07-09
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The application of standard measurement is a cornerstone of modern science. In this collection of essays, standardization of procedure, units of measurement and the epistemology of standardization are addressed by specialists from sociology, history and the philosophy of science.

About the Series

History and Philosophy of Technoscience

Even though technoscientific research is as old as alchemy and pharmacy, agricultural research and synthetic chemistry, philosophers of science had little to say about it until recently. This book series is the first to explicitly accept the challenge to study not just technical aspects of theory development and hypothesis testing but the specific ways in which knowledge is produced in a technological setting. When one seeks to achieve basic capabilities of manipulation, visualization, or predictive control, how are problems defined and research fields established, what kinds of explanations are sought, how are findings validated, what are the contributions of different kinds of expertise, how do epistemic and social values enter into the research process? And most importantly for civic observers of contemporary research: how is robustness and reliability achieved even in the absence of complete scientific understanding?

Editorial Board: Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen), Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (University of Paris, Sorbonne), Martin Carrier (University of Bielefeld), Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds), Don Howard (University of Notre Dame), Ann Johnson (Cornell University), Cyrus Mody (Maastricht University), Maureen O'Malley (University of Sydney), Roger Strand (University of Bergen), Nancy Tuana (Pennsylvania State University).

Direct inquiries to Alfred Nordmann [e-mail link: nordmann@phil.tu-darmstadt.de] or Robert Langham [e-mail link: robert.langham@informa.com].

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI068000
SCIENCE / Weights & Measures
SCI075000
SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
TEC052000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Social Aspects