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Where some chapters in this volume find narrative in the phenomena addressed by scientists, or in their reporting and representational practices, or in their argumentation and reasoning, this chapter finds narrative at the level of field and subfield formation. It does so through the history of historiography and philosophy of history, particularly the work of scholars who have differentiated the many forms of historical knowledge. Focusing on just three – the chronicle, the genealogy and the narrative – the chapter explains how these means for making historical knowledge might be made to cover knowledge-making in the sciences. The first half of the chapter develops this analytical approach, while the second applies it to the case of synthetic biology. By taking narrative’s epistemic significances more seriously we arrive at a new way to explain scientific change over time.
Narrative Science examines the use of narrative in scientific research over the last two centuries. It brings together an international group of scholars who have engaged in intense collaboration to find and develop crucial cases of narrative in science. Motivated and coordinated by the Narrative Science project, funded by the European Research Council, this volume offers integrated and insightful essays examining cases that run the gamut from geology to psychology, chemistry, physics, botany, mathematics, epidemiology, and biological engineering. Taking in shipwrecks, human evolution, military intelligence, and mass extinctions, this landmark study revises our understanding of what science is, and the roles of narrative in scientists' work. This title is also available as Open Access.
This book provides an assessment of the unique contribution Mössbauer spectroscopy can make to the study of the bonding, structural, magnetic, dynamical and time-dependent properties of various systems. It comprises an edited collection of chapters by an international body of distinguished scientists writing on their individual areas of specialisation. The editors and authors aim to give the reader an in-depth understanding of the technique of Mössbauer spectroscopy in terms of the types of information it can provide, together with an appreciation of how this information can be related to that obtained from complementary techniques. This book will be of value to postgraduate students and research workers with no previous knowledge of the technique, but also to those experienced in the use of Mössbauer spectroscopy in a particular area wishing to gain either a wider overview of the technique or information about its use in another area.