Sonic Skills

Listening for Knowledge in Science, Medicine and Engineering (1920s-Present)

by Karin Bijsterveld

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It 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 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.

Karin Bijsterveld is historian and professor of Science, Technology and Modern Culture at Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC). You can download Sonic Skills ebook for free in PDF format (2.4 MB).

Book Details

Subject
Engineering and Technology
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2019
Pages
178
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781137598318
ISBN10
113759831X
ISBN13 Digital
9781137598295
ISBN10 Digital
1137598298
PDF Size
2.4 MB
License
CC BY-NC

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