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Before the “Black Box”: The Inputs and Outputs of Nineteenth-century Deep-sea Science (2020)

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Nineteenth-century investigations of the deep sea provide a case study for black box science. Naturalists were forced to theorize about a space for which they had no direct sensory observations. This study traces the emergence of bathymetry and deep-sea biology and then analyzes how men of science dealt with the uncertainty associated with their black box practices. I argue that these investigators created multiple types of black boxes based on their uncertainties and that these black boxes did not operate equivalently. Consequently, scholars should be aware of the different categories of black boxes when they describe scientific practices.

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Authors & Contributors
Brayton, Daniel
Duara, Prasenjit
Engelmann, Lukas
Huber, Florian
Johnson, Elizabeth
Jones, Ryan Tucker
Journals
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Social Studies of Science
American Historical Review
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Publishers
NewSouth Books
Springer
University of Chicago Press
University of Virginia Press
Concepts
Marine biology
Oceans and seas
Science and technology studies (STS)
Models and modeling in science
Oceanography
Marine ecology
People
Blaschka, Leopold
Gosse, Philip Henry
Shakespeare, William
Forel, François-Alphonse
Time Periods
21st century
19th century
20th century
16th century
18th century
20th century, early
Places
Great Britain
United States
Southeast Asia
Portugal
Switzerland
Colombia
Institutions
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
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