Publication: “Learning From Artifacts”

I spoke about my experiences at the  “Reading Artifacts” summer institute before; the fourth edition of Spontaneous Generations has published my review--“Learning From Artifacts: A Review of the ‘Reading Artifacts: Summer Institute in the Material Culture of Science.'”

Yay, me!

Publication News: Spontaneous Generations Vol.4

Great news, Dear Reader! Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science has just published its latest issue!

Check out the Table of Contents (all papers are available in pdf on the journal’s website)
Vol 4, No 1 (2010): Scientific Instruments: Knowledge, Practice, and Culture

Focused Discussion
Scientific Instruments: Knowledge, Practice, and Culture [Editor’s Introduction] (1-7)
Isaac Record

The Challenge of Authenticating Scientific Objects in Museum Collections: Exposing the Forgery of a Moroccan Astrolabe Allegedly Dated 1845 CE (8-20)
Ingrid Hehmeyer

People as Scientific Instruments (21-29)
Maarten Derksen

Equipment for an Experiment (30-38)
Rom Harré

An Instrument for What? Digital Computers, Simulation and Scientific Practice (39-44)
Wendy S. Parker

Great Pyramid Metrology and the Material Politics of Basalt (45-60)
Michael J. Barany

Let Freeness Ring: The Canadian Standard Freeness Tester as Hegemonic Engine (61-70)
James Hull

The Machine Speaks Falsely (71-84)
Allan Franklin

Reading Measuring Instruments (85-93)
Mario Bunge

Engineering Realities (94-110)
Davis Baird

Conceptual Sea Changes (111-115)
Paul Humphreys

Extended Thing Knowledge (116-128)
Mathieu Charbonneau

Otto in the Chinese Room (129-137)
Philip Murray McCullough

Humans not Instruments (138-147)
Harry Collins

Apparatus and Experimentation Revisited (148-154)
Trevor H. Levere

Material Culture and the Dobsonian Telescope (155-162)
Jessica Ellen Sewell,   Andrew Johnston

Taming the “Publication Machine”: Generating Unity, Engaging the Trading Zones (163-172)
François Thoreau,       Maria Neicu

Concepts as Tools in the Experimental Generation of Knowledge in Cognitive Neuropsychology (173-190)
Uljana Feest

Domesticating the Planets: Instruments and Practices in the Development of Planetary Geology (191-230)
Matthew Benjamin Shindell

“Old” Technology in New Hands: Instruments as Mediators of Interdisciplinary Learning in Microfluidics (231-254)
Dorothy Sutherland Olsen

Out the Door: A Short History of the University of Toronto Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (255-261)
Erich Weidenhammer,     Michael Da Silva

Ian Hesketh. Of Apes and Ancestors: Evolution, Christianity, and the Oxford Debate (262-265)
Sebastian Assenza

Marc Lange. Laws and Lawmakers: Science, Metaphysics, and the Laws of Nature (266-269)
Christopher Belanger

William Sims Bainbridge. The Warcraft Civilization: Social Science in a Virtual World (270-272)
Bruce J. Petrie

Steven Shapin. The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation (273-275)
Michael Cournoyea

Learning From Artifacts: A Review of the “Reading Artifacts: Summer Institute in the Material Culture of Science,” Presented by The Canada Science and Technology Museum and Situating Science Cluster (276-279)
Jaipreet Virdi

Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol and Dennis D. Spencer. The Legacy of Harvey Cushing: Profiles of Patient Care (280-282)
Delia Gavrus

Adrian Parr. Hijacking Sustainability (283-285)
R. Moore

Eileen Crist and H. Bruce Rinker, eds. Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis (286-288)
Julia Agapitos

David Pantalony. Altered Sensations: Rudolph Koenig’s Acoustical Workshop in Nineteenth-Century Paris (289-291)
Sarah-Jane Patterson

Michael Strevens. Depth: An Account of Scientific Explanation (292-299)
Anthony Kulic

Publication News!

A couple of years back, after reading Michael Critchon’s Prey, I became really interested in nanotechnology. My interest in this field accelerated when I took a course on the philosophy of medicine and wrote a paper on the ethical considerations of nanomedicine–a longer, and revised version which was published in Spontaneous Generations journal. I also corresponded (and later met!) with Fritz Allhoff, one of the leading scholars on nanoethics and society. As you must have figured out by now, I decided not to embark on nanotechnology for my dissertation.

I am pleased to announce that SAGE books has published a wonderful reference encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology and Society, edited by David H. Guston (Arizona State University).

And guess what? I have two contributing articles in there! One is on K. Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology (1986), and the other on The Nanoethics Group, a non-partisan organization based in California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) and founded by Patrick Lin and Fritz Allhoff.

I’m excited! They’re not very long articles, but I’m pleased to be part of a significant and exploding scholarly field!