Article ID: CBB001320292

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 Looks at computerization at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Authors & Contributors
Sunderland, Mary Evelyn
Keller, Evelyn Fox
Freyer, Michael
November, Joe
Darley, Andrew
Beinart, William
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Science as Culture
Environmental History
Social Studies of Science
Filander Verlag
MIT Press
University of Chicago Press
Princeton University
Amsterdam University Press
University of California, San Diego
Computers and computing
Natural history
Visual representation; visual communication
Scientific illustration
Science and art
Linnaeus, Carolus
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Miller, Alden Holmes
Huysum, Jacob van
Taylor White
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
18th century
20th century
19th century
United States
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (University of California, Berkeley)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
Lincoln Laboratory
McGill University (Canada)

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