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Narrative Science : Reasoning, Representing and Knowing since 1800

Mary S. Morgan et al. (Eds.)
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022

Narrative Science examines the use of narrative in scientific research over the last two centuries. Motivated and coordinated by the Narrative Science project, this volume offers integrated and insightful essays examining cases that run the gamut from geology to psychology, chemistry, physics, botany, mathematics, epidemiology, and biological engineering. Taking in shipwrecks, human evolution, military intelligence, and mass extinctions, this landmark study revises our understanding of what science is, and the roles of narrative in scientists' work.


The Smartness Mandate

Orit Halpern ; Robert Mitchell
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2022

In The Smartness Mandate, Orit Halpern and Robert Mitchell radically suggest that "smartness" is not primarily a technology, but rather an epistemology. Through this lens, they offer a critical exploration of the practices, technologies, and subjects that such an understanding relies upon—above all, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The authors approach these not simply as techniques for solving problems of calculations, but rather as modes of managing life (human and other) in terms of neo-Darwinian evolution, distributed intelligences, and "resilience," all of which have serious implications for society, politics, and the environment.

Beautiful Data : A History of Vision and Reason since 1945

Orit Halpern
Durham: Duke University Press, 2014

Beautiful Data is both a history of big data and interactivity, and a sophisticated meditation on ideas about vision and cognition in the second half of the twentieth century. Contending that our forms of attention, observation, and truth are contingent and contested, Orit Halpern historicizes the ways that we are trained, and train ourselves, to observe and analyze the world.

The World in a Model : How Economists Work and Think

Mary S. Morgan
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012

During the last two centuries, the way economic science is done has changed radically: it has become a social science based on mathematical models in place of words. This book describes and analyses that change - both historically and philosophically - using a series of case studies to illuminate the nature and the implications of these changes.