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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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Essential Tensions and Representational Strategies

Essential Tensions and Representational Strategies

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(p.223) 11 Essential Tensions and Representational Strategies
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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited
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Cyrus C. M. Mody

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262525381.003.0011

In efforts to advance themselves and their work, scientists balance a tension between innovation and tradition: this is what Thomas Kuhn called the “essential tension” in science. Yet, in many cases it is not self-evident whether a particular argument or piece of evidence should be seen as conventional or iconoclastic. This chapter draws upon a case study of scanning probe microscopy – a central technology in nanotechnology research – and explores how scientists in that field have represented data and conclusions in both conventional and unconventional ways to guide audiences toward preferred interpretations.

Keywords:   Innovation, Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy, Nanotechnology, Persuasion, Visual convention

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