Book ID: CBB580929859

Collecting Experiments: Making Big Data Biology (2019)


Strasser, Bruno J. (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 392
Language: English

Databases have revolutionized nearly every aspect of our lives. Information of all sorts is being collected on a massive scale, from Google to Facebook and well beyond. But as the amount of information in databases explodes, we are forced to reassess our ideas about what knowledge is, how it is produced, to whom it belongs, and who can be credited for producing it.   Every scientist working today draws on databases to produce scientific knowledge. Databases have become more common than microscopes, voltmeters, and test tubes, and the increasing amount of data has led to major changes in research practices and profound reflections on the proper professional roles of data producers, collectors, curators, and analysts.  Collecting Experiments traces the development and use of data collections, especially in the experimental life sciences, from the early twentieth century to the present. It shows that the current revolution is best understood as the coming together of two older ways of knowing—collecting and experimenting, the museum and the laboratory. Ultimately, Bruno J. Strasser argues that by serving as knowledge repositories, as well as indispensable tools for producing new knowledge, these databases function as digital museums for the twenty-first century.

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Review Mary F. E. Ebeling (2020) Review of "Collecting Experiments: Making Big Data Biology". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 440-441). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Rudge, David Wÿss
Franklin, Allan D.
Morange, Michel
Cobb, Matthew
Klemun, Marianne
Loskutova, Marina
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Social Studies of Science
Science, Technology and Human Values
University of Chicago Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Harvard University Press
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Duke University Press
Coédition Artlys
Data collection; methods
Big data
Technology and society
Life sciences
Information technology
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Rivet, Paul
Tillion, Germaine
Oddon, Yvonne
Schaeffner, André
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
18th century
20th century, late
Great Britain
American Physical Society

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