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Computerizing Natural History Collections (2013)


Computers are ubiquitous in the life sciences and are associated with many of the practical and conceptual changes that characterize biology's twentieth-century transformation. Yet comparatively little has been written about how scientists use computers. Despite this relative lack of scholarly attention, the claim that computers revolutionized the life sciences by making the impossible possible is widespread, and relatively unchallenged. How did the introduction of computers into research programs shape scientific practice? The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) at the University of California, Berkeley provides a tractable way into this under-examined question because it is possible to follow the computerization of data in the context of long-term research programs.


Description On how computers transformed the study of the life sciences in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Authors & Contributors
Sunderland, Mary Evelyn
Small, James S.
Hagen, Joel B.
Gray, George T.
Smith, Ronald Q.
Kirsch, Russell A.
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Technikgeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
British Scholar
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
The MIT Press
Ohio University Press
Iowa State University
Harvard University
Computers and computing
Computer users
Science and technology, relationships
Natural history
Huxley, Andrew Fielding
Hodgkin, Alan Lloyd
Miller, Alden Holmes
Grinnell, Joseph
Moore, Gordon E.
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
California (U.S.)
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (University of California, Berkeley)
RAND Corporation
United States. National Bureau of Standards
National Institute of Health (U.S.)
University of California, Berkeley

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