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Title How well do facts travel? : the dissemination of reliable knowledge / edited by Peter Howlett, Mary S. Morgan.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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 OTTERBEIN MAIN COLLECTION  B105.F3 H69 2011    AVAILABLE  LOCAL CIRC ONLY
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 OTTERBEIN MAIN COLLECTION  B105.F3 H69 2011    AVAILABLE  LOCAL CIRC ONLY
Subject Facts (Philosophy)
Alt Name Howlett, Peter (William Peter)
Morgan, Mary S.
Description xviii, 465 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary "Facts often acquire a life of their own; the stories in this book explain why"-- Provided by publisher.
"Why write about facts? Facts are everywhere. They litter the utterances of public life as much as the private conversations of individuals. They frequent the humanities and the sciences in equal measure. But their very ubiquity tells us not only why it is difficult to form general but sensible answers in response to seemingly simple questions about facts, but also why it is important to do so. This book discusses how facts travel, and when and why they sometimes travel well enough to acquire a life of their own. Whether or not facts travel in this manner depends not only on their character and ability to play useful roles elsewhere, but also on the labels, packaging, vehicles, and company that take them across difficult terrains and over disciplinary boundaries. These diverse stories of traveling facts, ranging from architecture to nanotechnology and from romance fiction to climate science, change the way we see the nature of facts. Facts are far from the bland and rather boring but useful objects that scientists and humanists produce and fit together to make narratives, arguments, and evidence. Rather, their extraordinary abilities to travel well - and to fly flags of many different colors in the process - shows when, how, and why facts can be used to build further knowledge beyond and away from their sites of original production and intended use "-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Machine generated contents note: 1. Travelling facts Mary S. Morgan; Part I. Matters of Fact: 2. Facts and building artefacts: what travels in material objects? Simona Valeriani; 3. A journey through times and cultures? Ancient Greek forms in American 19th century architecture: an archaeological view Lambert Schneider; 4. Manning's N: putting roughness to work Sarah J. Whatmore and Catharina Landström; 5. My facts are better than your facts: spreading good news about global warming Naomi Oreskes; 6. Real problems with fictional cases Jon Adams; Part II. Integrity and Fruitfulness: 7. Ethology's travelling facts Richard Burkhardt; 8. Travelling facts about crowded rats: rodent experimentation and the human sciences Ed Ramsden; 9. Using cases to establish novel diagnoses: creating generic facts by making particular facts travel together Rachel Ankeny; 10. Technology transfer and travelling facts: a perspective from Indian agriculture Peter Howlett and Aashish Velkar; 11. Archaeological facts in transit: the eminent mounds of central North America Alison Wylie; Part III. Companionship and Character: 12. Packaging small facts for re-use: databases in model organism biology Sabina Leonelli; 13. Designed for travel: communicating facts through images Martina Merz; 14. Using models to keep us healthy: the productive journeys of facts across public health research networks Erika Mansnerus; 15. The facts of life and death: a case of exceptional longevity David Haycock; 16. Love life of a fact Heather Schell.
Contents Travelling facts / Mary S. Morgan -- Facts and building artefacts : what travels in material objects? / Simona Valeriani -- A journey through times and cultures? Ancient Greek forms in American 19th century architecture / Lambert Schneider -- Manning's N : putting roughness to work / Sarah J. Whatmore and Catharina Landström -- My facts are better than your facts : spreading good news about global warming / Naomi Oreskes -- Real problems with fictional cases / Jon Adams -- Ethology's travelling facts / Richard Burkhardt -- Travelling facts about crowded rats : rodent experimentation and the human sciences / Ed Ramsden -- Using cases to establish novel diagnoses : creating generic facts by making particular facts travel together / Rachel Ankeny -- Technology transfer and travelling facts : a perspective from Indian agriculture / Peter Howlett and Aashish Velkar -- Archaeological facts in transit : the "eminent mounds" of central North America / Alison Wylie -- Packaging small facts for re-use : databases in model organism biology / Sabina Leonelli -- Designed for travel : communicating facts through images / Martina Merz -- Using models to keep us healthy : the productive journeys of facts across public health research networks / Erika Mansnerus -- The facts of life and death : a case of exceptional longevity / David Haycock -- Love life of a fact / Heather Schell.
ISBN 9780521196543 (hardback)
052119654X (hardback)
9780521159586 (pbk. : alk. paper)
052115958X (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC # 635480730
Table of Contents
 List of Figures 
 List of Contributors 
 Editors' Preface 
PART ONEINTRODUCTION 
OneTravelling Facts / Mary S. Morgan3
PART TWOMATTERS OF FACT 
TwoFacts and Building Artefacts: What Travels in Material Objects? / Simona Valeriani43
ThreeA Journey through Times and Cultures? Ancient Greek Forms in American Nineteenth-Century Architecture / Lambert Schneider72
FourManning's N - Putting Roughness to Work / Catharina Landstrom111
FiveMy Facts Are Better Than Your Facts: Spreading Good News about Global Warming / Naomi Oreskes136
SixReal Problems with Fictional Cases / Jon Adams167
PART THREEINTEGRITY AND FRUITFULNESS 
SevenEthology's Traveling Facts / Richard W. Burkhardt, Jr.195
EightTravelling Facts about Crowded Rats: Rodent Experimentation and the Human Sciences / Edmund Ramsden223
NineUsing Cases to Establish Novel Diagnoses: Creating Generic Facts by Making Particular Facts Travel Together / Rachel A. Ankeny252
TenTechnology Transfer and Travelling Facts: A Perspective from Indian Agriculture / Aashish Velkar273
ElevenArchaeological Facts in Transit: The "Eminent Mounds" of Central North America / Alison Wylie301
PART FOURCOMPANIONSHIP AND CHARACTER 
TwelvePackaging Small Facts for Re-Use: Databases in Model Organism Biology / Sabina Leonelli325
ThirteenDesigned for Travel: Communicating Facts through Images / Martina Merz349
FourteenUsing Models to Keep Us Healthy: The Productive Journeys of Facts across Public Health Research Networks / Erika Mansnerus376
FifteenThe Facts of Life and Death: A Case of Exceptional Longevity / David Boyd Haycock403
SixteenThe Love Life of a Fact / Heather Schell429
 Index455


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