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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited$
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Catelijne Coopman, Janet Vertesi, Michaeland Lynch, and Steve Woolgar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262525381

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262525381.001.0001

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Toward a New Ontology of Scientific Vision

Toward a New Ontology of Scientific Vision

(p.201) 10 Toward a New Ontology of Scientific Vision
Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited

Annamaria Carusi

Aud Sissel Hoel

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the dismantling of the qualitative-quantitative distinction in the practice and instrumentation of computational biology. Computational biologists work with an impressive array of visual artifacts, ranging from microscopic images to simulations. Despite the clear disciplinary associations between instrumentation and methods in the field, researchers blend observational, mathematical, and computational practices. By deploying the later work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty on the “circuit” – originally derived from the biological writings of Jakob von Uexküll – the authors deconstruct the ontological distinction between quantitative and qualitative categories in an analysis of hybrid scientific practices.

Keywords:   Computational biology, Merleau-Ponty, Ontology, Visual practice, Quantitative vs. Qualitative Methods

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