Wed Mar 22, 2023
|Working Group in the History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science
Theodore M. Porter (UCLA Department of History)
Unacknowledged Sites of Science Gain Dignity as Data
In recent years, social and historical studies of science and technology have come to understand their subject more inclusively. The efforts and understandings of people who worked largely outside European traditions or who had little formal education in science are more and more featured in historical accounts of science, for example. I take up here a related topic, the respect and even reverence conferred these days on data work. Histories of statistics and of data encourage an appreciation of the significance of these more humble forms of scientific labor. It is not easy to fix the boundaries of science.
Joint Meeting with the Office for History of Science and Technology