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Strung together : the cultural currency of string theory as a scientific imaginary

Author: Sean Miller
Publisher: Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Strung Together: The Cultural Currency of String Theory as a Scientific Imaginary, Sean Miller examines the cultural currency of string theory, both as part of scientific discourse and beyond it. He demonstrates that the imaginative component of string theory is both integral and indispensable to it as a scientific discourse. While mathematical arguments provide precise prompts for physical intervention in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literary collections
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Miller
ISBN: 9780472118663 0472118668
OCLC Number: 819717659
Description: vi, 256 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A return to the eleventh dimension: string theory as a scientific imaginary --
The romance of encounter: string theory technical discourse --
Accessibility and authority: string theory popularizations --
The cosmic and domestic: adaptations of string theory in literature --
Strung together: string theory in contemporary globalized culture.
Responsibility: Sean Miller.

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"In Strung Together: The Cultural Currency of String Theory as a Scientific Imaginary, Sean Miller examines the cultural currency of string theory, both as part of scientific discourse and beyond it. He demonstrates that the imaginative component of string theory is both integral and indispensable to it as a scientific discourse. While mathematical arguments provide precise prompts for physical intervention in the world, the imaginary that supplements mathematical argument within string theory technical discourse allows theorists to imagine themselves interacting with the cosmos as an abstract space in such a way that strings and branes as phenomena become substantiated and legitimized. And it is precisely this sort of imaginary--which Miller calls a scientific imaginary--duly substantiated and acculturated, that survives the move from string theory technical discourse to popularizations and ultimately to popular and literary discourses. In effect, a string theory imaginary legitimizes the science itself and helps to facilitate a virtual domestication of a cosmos that was heretofore remote, alien, and incomprehensible"--

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