Coverart for item
The Resource Trust in numbers: the pursuit of objectivity in science and public life

Trust in numbers: the pursuit of objectivity in science and public life

Label
Trust in numbers: the pursuit of objectivity in science and public life
Title
Trust in numbers: the pursuit of objectivity in science and public life
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This investigation of the overwhelming appeal of quantification in the modern world discusses the development of cultural meanings of objectivity over two centuries. How are we to account for the current prestige and power of quantitative methods? The usual answer is that quantification is seen as desirable in social and economic investigation as a result of its successes in the study of nature. Theodore Porter is not content with this. Why should the kind of success achieved in the study of stars, molecules, or cells be an attractive model for research on human societies? he asks. And, indeed, how should we understand the pervasiveness of quantification in the sciences of nature? In his view, we should look in the reverse direction: comprehending the attractions of quantification in business, government, and social research will teach us something new about its role in psychology, physics, and medicine
Cataloging source
UkLiU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Porter, Theodore M.
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Science
  • Objectivity
Label
Trust in numbers: the pursuit of objectivity in science and public life
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-301) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Cultures of objectivity -- Power in numbers: A world of artifice ; How social numbers are made valid ; Economic measurement and the values of science ; The political philosophy of quantification -- Technologies of trust: Experts against objectivity : accountants and actuaries ; French State engineers and the ambiguities of technocracy ; U.S. Army Engineers and the rise of cost-benefit analysis -- Political and scientific communities: Objectivity and the politics of disciplines ; Is science made by communities?
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 310 pages
Isbn
9780691037769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Trust in numbers: the pursuit of objectivity in science and public life
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-301) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Cultures of objectivity -- Power in numbers: A world of artifice ; How social numbers are made valid ; Economic measurement and the values of science ; The political philosophy of quantification -- Technologies of trust: Experts against objectivity : accountants and actuaries ; French State engineers and the ambiguities of technocracy ; U.S. Army Engineers and the rise of cost-benefit analysis -- Political and scientific communities: Objectivity and the politics of disciplines ; Is science made by communities?
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 310 pages
Isbn
9780691037769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

Library Locations

    • Sydney Jones LibraryBorrow it
      Chatham Street, Liverpool, L7 7BD, GB
      53.403069 -2.963723
Processing Feedback ...