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dc.contributor.authorBijsterveld, Karin
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-18 13:36:15
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-01T08:53:03Z
dc.date.available2020-04-01T08:53:03Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier1007336
dc.identifier.urihttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/22826
dc.description.abstractIt is common for us today to associate the practice of science primarily with the act of seeing—with staring at computer screens, analyzing graphs, and presenting images. We may notice that physicians use stethoscopes to listen for disease, that biologists tune into sound recordings to understand birds, or that engineers have created Geiger tellers warning us for radiation through sound. But in the sciences overall, we think, seeing is believing. This open access book explains why, indeed, listening for knowledge plays an ambiguous, if fascinating, role in the sciences. For what purposes have scientists, engineers and physicians listened to the objects of their interest? How did they listen exactly? And why has listening often been contested as a legitimate form of access to scientific knowledge? This concise monograph combines historical and ethnographic evidence about the practices of listening on shop floors, in laboratories, field stations, hospitals, and conference halls, between the 1920s and today. It shows how scientists have used sonic skills—skills required for making, recording, storing, retrieving, and listening to sound—in ensembles: sets of instruments and techniques for particular situations of knowledge making. Yet rather than pleading for the emancipation of hearing at the expense of seeing, this essay investigates when, how, and under which conditions the ear has contributed to science dynamics, either in tandem with or without the eye.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::T Technology, engineering, agriculture::TB Technology: general issues::TBX History of engineering & technology
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::T Technology, engineering, agriculture::TT Other technologies & applied sciences::TTA Acoustic & sound engineering
dc.subject.otherEngineering
dc.subject.otherAcoustical engineering
dc.subject.otherTechnology—History
dc.titleSonic Skills
dc.title.alternativeListening for Knowledge in Science, Medicine and Engineering (1920s-Present)
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.1057/978-1-137-59829-5
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy6c6992af-b843-4f46-859c-f6e9998e40d5
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameSpringer Nature
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitehttps://www.springernature.com/gp/products/books
oapen.relation.isFundedByda087c60-8432-4f58-b2dd-747fc1a60025
virtual.oapen_relation_isFundedBy.grantor_nameNederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
oapen.collectionDutch Research Council (NWO)
oapen.pages174
oapen.place.publicationLondon
oapen.grant.number277-45-003
oapen.grant.projectSonic Skills/VICI


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