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Masons, Tricksters and Cartographers.

Author: David Turnbull
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2000.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In an eclectic and highly original study, Turnbull brings together a wide range of traditions as diverse as cathedral building, Micronesian navigation, cartography and turbulence research. He argues that all our differing ways of producing knowledge, including science, are messy, spatial and local. Every culture has its own ways of assembling local knowledge, thereby creating space through the linking of people,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Turnbull
ISBN: 9780203304587 0203304586
OCLC Number: 437084419
Description: 1 online resource (277 pages)
Contents: Book Cover; Title; Contents; Figures; Acknowledgements; From rationality to messiness: Rethinking technoscientific knowledge; 'On with the motley': The contingent assemblage of knowledge spaces; Talk, templates and tradition: How the masons built Chartres Cathedral without plans; Tricksters and cartographers: Maps, science and the state in the making of a modern scientific knowledge space; Pacific navigation: An alternative scientific tradition; Making malaria curable: Extending a knowledge space to create a vaccine; Messiness and order in turbulence research. Conclusion Rationality, relativism and the politics of knowledgeBibliography; Index.

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In an eclectic and highly original study, Turnbull brings together a wide range of traditions as diverse as cathedral building, Micronesian navigation, cartography and turbulence research. He argues that all our differing ways of producing knowledge, including science, are messy, spatial and local. Every culture has its own ways of assembling local knowledge, thereby creating space through the linking of people, practices and places. The spaces we inhabit and assemblages we work with are not as homogeneous and coherent as our modernist perspectives have led us to believe-rather they are comple.

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