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Doing physics : how physicists take hold of the world

Author: Martin H Krieger
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a cultural phenomenology of doing physics. It describes the ways physicists actually do their work--their motives, and their ways of making sense of the world--so that outsiders can understand it. Martin H. Krieger explains that physicists employ a small number of everyday notions to get at the world experimentally and conceptually. Krieger's stories focus on five of these models: the division of labor  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin H Krieger
ISBN: 0253331234 9780253331236 0253207010 9780253207012
OCLC Number: 24009189
Description: xx, 168 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The division of labor: the factory --
Taking apart and putting together: the clockworks, the calculus, and the computer --
Freedom and necessity: family and kinship --
The vacuum and the creation: setting a stage --
Handles, probes, and tools: a rhetoric of nature.
Responsibility: Martin H. Krieger.

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Talks about physicists and what they are up to when they try to get a handle on the world. This work describes the ways physicists actually do their work, their motives, and their ways of making  Read more...

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