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In Ch 4 Where I ch 4 where i it differently from himthe uestion is what is the substrate that the mathematician ngages in the dialectic of resistance and accommodation pickering s answer is the discipline as in disciplinary agency vs the material agency that happens when the physicists Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain engage a material substrate when he first used the phrase disciplinary agency i wasxcited because he wants to draw a parallel between the mathematician s work and the physicist s R High Performance Programming engagement with something as obviouslyxternal and xtrinsic to her control as the physical world however when he actually laborates what disciplinary agency is made of to me it felt way too thin both to capture my own Scala for Java Developers experience butven really to support his own case once this happened i realized that the word disciplinary agency is wrong anyway the discipline is not the partner in the dance of resistance and accommodation because it is not The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur external andxtrinsic to the scientist s control in the way that the material world is math has an Vermeer to Eternity euallyxtrinsic partnerthe substrate of mathematics is not the discipline itself the discipline is a set of tools to probe a substrate xternal to it it is the same for all disciplines materiality is the wrong name for this substrate because math is not material mathematicianeducator paul lockhart calls it mathematical reality he wrote something like that s the thing about Mathematical Reality When We reality when we on it it pushes back but to me this is too narrow because it separates it artificially from all the other substrates it is connected to such as the physical world to me the actual substrate is reality when lockhart says mathematical reality all he means is that part of reality that we tend to perceive when we use the tools of the discipline of mathematics to probe iti feel like i sorta know why pickering made this mistake he s already sort of out on a limb with his talk of material agency it s grouping him with the ANT people who sometimes resort to verything is signs nothingness a propos of our So B. It earlier conversation about continental theorists and whether or not you re willing to stand behind your theory he s at pains to make sure nobody thinks he s talking about ghostsg he s like look material agency for sure but i m not talking about material intentionality are you crazy so it would be scary talking about material intentionality are you crazy so it would be scary him and open up too much vulnerability to try to impute the kind of substantiveness that is Cabaret even capable ofxerting agency on a mathematician to a reality that can t be located anywhere in the physical worldthe problem is that without this he s talking in circles a little bit on pp 142 143 he notes the centrality to his case of the idea that hamilton s transcriptions were forced moves which hamilton didn t have control over but he then immediately notes that hamilton xerted some discretion over which of the stablished conventions of disciplinary practice he was going to obey and which he was going to tweak i am all for the idea that the discipline itself is mergent in time and i think that s really right but i feel that pickering has contradicted himself here if hamilton is able to select which stablished disciplinary practices he s going to consider himself beholden to then it is not these disciplinary practices that force his hand he doesn t have to accommodate them so pickering has failed to locate hamilton s partner in the dance of resistance and accommodation the refusal to talk about reality apart from Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice either material reality or the discipline itself has rendered the mathematician s actual dance partner invisible Pickering s groundbreaking book seems to me to have cleared up many theoretical issues left behind by both SSK Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and ANT Actor Network Theory Pickering like Hacking starts by rejecting the representati. Is view machines instruments facts theories conceptual and mathematical structures disciplined practices and human beings are in constantly shifting relationships with one another mangled together in unforeseeable ways that are shaped by the contingencies of culture time and place Situating material as well as human agency in their larger cultural context Pickering uses case studies to show how this picture of the open changeable nature of science advances a richer understanding of scienti. Provides an interesting theoretical bridge between physics and social science Beautiful thoughtfulxploration of scientific En plein coeur epistemology based on case studies In particular the uestion of where scientific models and concepts come from presenting a challenge both to a the scientific orthodoxy that imagines an underlying stable physical reality to which scientific models huever closely through the scientific process and b the critiue coming from the sociology of science that scientific theories merely reflect the social context in which they are created and that they are designed to serve Pickering argues that science is a kind of a partner dance between the physical world and the community of scientists in which both The Bookshop on the Shore exert influence on the outcome through a process of tuningadjustingdialectic of resistance and accommodation until the scientific and social objectives of thendeavor are met and this outcome is not determined ahead of time Dance Real Slow either by the physical world challenging the scientific orthodoxy or by the social world challenging the sociological view butmerges through the dance itself To me the most useful idea has been the way this calls attention to the simultaneous creative freedom and constraint by physicality of the scientist you are free to do whatever The Art of Memoir experiment create whatever conceptual modeltc that you want but the world usually won t cooperate Just a tiny few of the vast array of possible paths you take will work This The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life everyday truth is somehow clarifying beyond its due in a lot of areas of theory about how the world works See forxample the way Spatz uses it in What a Body Can Do to shed light on the problem of agency with regard to gender in leftist social theoryI found Pickering s basic pistemological argument chapters 1 2 about the structure of scientific thought convincing When he applied it to math in chapter 4 as a mathematician I felt that he didn t press his theory fully perhaps he was worried about being called a nutty theorist Throughout he draws on continental theory particularly Latour and Actor Network Theory but he is at pains to make sure you understand that he is saying down to arth clear concrete things that you can pin down ie that you don t mistake him for one of those intentionally obtuse French dudes The uestion at stake is when the science in uestion is mathematics who is the scientist s partner in the dance When the subject was physics you could say the physical world but with math you can t say that Pickering tries to give an account in which the partner is somehow the discipline
Of Mathematics Itself But I Thought This mathematics itself but I thought this weak His whole point is that the scientist is facing an xternal agent The discipline is insufficiently xternal I found an PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition email I wrote a friend where Ilaborate on all this so I m including it below slightly Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography edited in a PSNB I read chapters 1 2 and 4 I am curious about the later chapters but got what I needed and suspect that I am going to find Pickering s view in the later chapters less useful to mePS Here s thatmail Forgive the lack of capitalization The Hamilton
to is William Rowan the of capitalization The Hamilton referred to is William Rowan Hamilton the of uaternions which invention is the subject of chapter 4i read ch 1 and 2 of pickering and started on ch 4 i decided i will read the rest of ch 4 and after that put the book down for now basically i find his main argument convincing regarding how scientific practice happens dialectic of resistance and accommodation interactive stabilization both human and material agency The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, emergent in timetc i am not going to get to the part where he ngages the metaphysics in particular i m curious about what he has to say about the problematic of realism which somewhere in ch 1 he beautifully characterized as the nature of the purchase our knowledge has on the world and vice versa where i feel like there will be room for his solutions not to This ambitious book by one of the most original and provocative thinkers in science studies offers a sophisticated new understanding of the nature of scientific mathematical and ngineering practice and the production of scientific knowledgeAndrew Pickering offers a new approach to the unpredictable nature of change in science taking into account the xtraordinary number of factors social technological conceptual and natural that interact to affect the creation of scientific knowledge InReferred To Is William Rowan
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representing or creating a map of nature Instead Pickering wants to concernor creating a map of nature Instead Pickering wants to concern with the performative image of science in which science is regarded as a field of powers capacities and performances 7 For Pickering ignoring the doing of science is to completely miss the point of understanding the construction of scientific knowledge in the first place First Pickering goes after SSK s obsession with human agency see my review of Bloor for on this model Many SSK accounts posit that human interests drive the construction of scientific knowledge and argue that any seeming material or technological agency can be reduced to some sort agency can be reduced to some sort human agency This allows them to avoid Bloor s original concerns about the history of science getting reduced to a history of rror if we can tell the story via natural agency alone historians aren t needed or relevant it s just a matter of figuring out the ways that nature is speaking Pickering borrowing Bloor s terminology for something The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl entirely different rather confusing the issue I might say called this approach asymmetrical with respect to agency In this model rather his caricature of the model there is no room for natureOn the other hand ANT advocates symmetry between human and nonhuman agents Both according to writers like Latour work in concert tonroll other agents into agreement with Exile and Pilgrim experiments and models However Pickering points out what should really have been obvious to all of us human and nonhuman agents just aren t the same unless you reduce both of them to semiotic constructs In practice humans have intentions and goals while nonhuman agents do not For Pickering The world of intentionality is then constitutivelyngaged with the world of material
agency 20 It is of particular importance to Pickering that modeling happens dynamically through and in time which means20 It is of particular importance to Pickering that modeling happens dynamically through and in time which means the intentions and goals of scientists are conditioned by scientific cultures as the same time that scientists respond to captured material agency Pickering develops some flowery metaphors about the dance of agency in which a scientists ncounters resistances from the material world then seeks to accommodate models based on those findings So what is the mangle It is the goal oriented and goal revising dialectic of resistance and accommodation that reflects the mergently intertwined delineation and reconfiguration of machinic captures and human intentions practices and so on 23 This very helpful model leads Pickering to his position called pragmatic realism This type of realism would support an indefinitely diverse set of ontologies and suggests that scientific knowledge is both objective and relative 32 This last part is bound to raise hackles and cause debate as it should Hannah Montana: The Movie especially from the straight up realists really whoven cares about positivism as a serious position these days I m actually a fan of this result as it honors the supremely contingent nature of the construction of scientific knowledge Pickering is careful to reject any synchronic or static definition of constraints which is how people usually try to argue that the possible ontologies simply can t be infinite Pickering rejects this way of thinking about constraints as pre judging the issue and once again taking scientific analysis out of time Pickering wants verything in time And in time constraints are practical not theoretical he invents the term machinic incommensurability here Kuhn referenceThis book cleared up a lot for me and in general I have to say that I agree with it It s been pointed out to me by many that the usefulness of Pickering s theoretical positions for the actual practice of history are far less clear as is xemplified by his application sections and subseuent books but as a contribution to theory in science studies this book is one of the contemporary great. Fic work both past and present Pickering xamines in detail the building of the bubble chamber in particle physics the search for the uark the construction of the uarternion system in mathematics and the introduction of computer controlled machine tools in industry He uses these xamples to address the most basic lements of scientific practice the development of xperimental apparatus the production of facts the development of theory and the interrelation of machines and social organizati.