ISBN-10:
0262023679
ISBN-13:
9780262023672
Pub. Date:
02/04/1994
Publisher:
MIT Press
Science on the Run: Information Management and Industrial Geophysics at Schlumberger, 1920-1940

Science on the Run: Information Management and Industrial Geophysics at Schlumberger, 1920-1940

by Geoffrey C. Bowker

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Overview

In this engaging account, Geoffrey Bowker reveals how Schlumberger devised a method of testing potential oil fields, produced a rhetoric, and secured a position that allowed it to manipulate the definition of what a technology is.

This is the story of how one company created and codified a new science "on the run," away from the confines of the laboratory. By construing its service as scientific, Schlumberger was able to get the edge on the competition and construct an enviable niche for itself in a fast-growing industry. In this engaging account, Geoffrey Bowker reveals how Schlumberger devised a method of testing potential oil fields, produced a rhetoric, and secured a position that allowed it to manipulate the definition of what a technology is. Bowker calls the heart of the story "The Two Measurements That Worked," and he renders it in the style of a myth. In so doing, he shows seamlessly how society becomes embedded even in that most basic and seemingly value-independent of scientific concepts: the measurement. Bowker describes the origins and peregrinations of Schlumberger, details the ways in which the science developed in the field was translated into a form that could be defended in a patent court, and analyzes the company's strategies within the broader context of industrial science. Inside Technology series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262023672
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/04/1994
Series: Inside Technology
Pages: 199
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Geoffrey C. Bowker is Professor and Director of the Evoke Lab at the University of California, Irvine. He is the coauthor (with Susan Leigh Star) of Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences and the author of Memory Practices in the Sciences , both published by the MIT Press.

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