Spreading the Tools of Theory

  title={Spreading the Tools of Theory},
  author={D. Kaiser and K. Ito and K. Hall},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={879 - 922}
  • D. Kaiser, K. Ito, K. Hall
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • Social Studies of Science
  • Historians and sociologists have highlighted the importance of skills, local practices and material culture in their studies of experimental sciences. This paper argues that the acquisition and transfer of skills in theoretical sciences should be understood in similar terms. Using the example of Feynman diagrams - first introduced by the US theoretical physicist Richard Feynman in 1948 as an aid for making certain kinds of calculations - we study how physicists in the USA, Japan, and the Soviet… CONTINUE READING
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