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Give me a Laboratory and 1 will raise the Word

  title={Give me a Laboratory and 1 will raise the Word},
  author={Bruno Latour},
Now that field studies of laboratory practices are starting to pour in, we are beginning to have a better picture of what scientists do inside the walls of these strange places called 'laboratories' (Knorr-Cetina, this volume). But a new problem has emerged. If we are not able to follow up our participant-observation studies far enough to take in questions outside the laboratory, we are at great risk of falling back into the so-called 'internalist' vision of science. From the very beginnings of… 
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