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GuestPost: Measurement – Representation or Technology? by Alfred Nordmann

Alfred Nordmann, Professor of Philosophy atAlfred Nordmann Darmstadt Technical University and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, is a prominent figure in the Philosophy and History of Science and Technoscience. Among his research interests are History of Epistemology, Heinrich Hertz, Ludwig Wittgenstein as well as philosophical dimensions of nanotechnoscience, synthetic biology and climate engineering. In his opening talk at the Dimensions of Measurement Conference, he proposes to shift the philosophical and historical attention to measurement from questions concerning representation, thus culminating in debates on scientific realism, towards examining measurement as a “technology that creates and stabilizes coincidences”. Read on…

GuestPost: Openness in Science by Peter Weingart

We are proud to launch our Guest Post Section with this first contribution by Peter Weingart. The Professor Emeritus in Sociology of Science and former Director of the Institute of Science and Technology Studies (IWT), Bielefeld, acts as Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (ZiF), Bielefeld, and Editor-in-Chief of Minerva. He has also been very active in promoting the role of Science Studies beyond academic borders.
In his talk at the 10th International Bielefeld Conference on “Shaping Future INFO-Structures” he discusses “Openness in Science” in the context of current changes in the scholarly publishing system. From moral codes and reputational hierarchies in science to the inherent monetary necessities in the context of the production of scientific knowledge, Peter Weingart retraces the role of openness in science and the constraints that come along with this implicit ethos first formulated by Robert King Merton back in 1942.

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