Beamtimes and Lifetimes has ratings and 9 reviews. L.L. said: This is one of about 5 ethnographies that I recommend to my students when I want to get. Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physicists. Sharon Traweek · Anne Kernan. University of California, Riverside. PDF. Particle physicists constitute a community of sophisticated mythmakers– explicators of the nature of matter who forever alter our views of space and time. But who.

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: Nicholas rated it it was ok Dec 14, Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book does a great job exploring the social world and pressure of these scientists, and where culture Japanese and American, in this case intersects with practice. I guess I really rock…. Science, Logic, and Mathematics categorize this paper. I’m a physicist, writer and education researcher in Boulder, CO. Graduate students are afraid of using up their predoctoral beamtimed working for a team whose experiments may prove unproductive; afraid of losing their chance at success by losing lifetkmes.


Added to PP index Total downloads 6of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 5of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Super readable — skimmed it in a few hours in an evening — full of fascinating and engaging detail about what physicists wear and beamtimez, how they consort, what they stress out and joke about, and what this has to tell us about their relationships to nature, gender, machines, and society more broadly.

This is one of about 5 ethnographies that I recommend to my students when I want to get them thinking about how to write in a way that is accessible and engaging beamtimws not bogged down in jargon.

University of Chicago Press. While eating, people scan the room frequently, noting who is or is not eating with whom. So, competitive individualism is the way to ensure that only the best do rise to the lifetimss. Learn more about Amazon Prime. While a touch dated at this point, there is quite a lot to glean from the outsider’s anthropology of the mythologized realm of the particle physicist a mythology which I’ve been brought up with, and which I do not fully reject, I must admit.

Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physicists by Sharon Traweek

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Beamtimes and Lifetimes

Looks at the life of particle physicists, showing who these people are and what their world is really like. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The author pitches wildly a few times on the science, doesn’t understand physics education very well see, for example, her silly claim that undergraduate coursework gives only a simplified and partial version of major topics because “novices are thought to be unsuited to a full disclosure of truth in these first years”and says some foolish things in the epilogue.

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She correctly observes that “Each stage [in a physicist’s training] has its characteristic anxiety: Although parts of this book may be pretty dry for the non- scholar and people are simply not interested, there are pivotal and salient paragraphs in Beamtimes and Lifetimes that show that science isn’t objective and neutral as it seems.

This book is brilliant. Stated the obvious, too, a bit too often. Sign in Create an account. And, for the most part, it’s quite astute.