from scenes to scripts: on the relationship between laboratory research and published paper in science

Knorr, Karin D. and Knorr, Dietrich W. (August 1978) from scenes to scripts: on the relationship between laboratory research and published paper in science. Forschungsberichte / Research Memoranda 132

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summary: recent studies of the rhetoric of science have generally analyzed writings in the social sciences and in philosophy and they have restricted their inquiry to the published text. based upon a one year observation study done in a major research institution in berkeley, ca (1976-77), in the present paper the attempt is made a) to look at a scientific paper in a technological science specialty; and b) to analyze the relationship between the research process as observed in the laboratory and the scientific publication which originated from this research. more specifically, the origin and dynamics of a research effort in the laboratory are outlined and compared with the account given in the scientific publication as examined for its strategies of persuasion by using discourse analysis techniques. a discussion of the transformation function between the written text and the research process shows that the link between the paper and the laboratory is provided by measurement traces, and that a conception of the scientific paper as a "relevant summary description" of what happened in the laboratory cannot be substantiated.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:34
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2016 14:07
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/132

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