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Natures of Data - A Discussion between Biology, History and Philosophy of Science and Art

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Computer-based technologies for the production and analysis of data have been an integral part of biological research since the 1990s at the latest. This not only applies to genomics and its offshoots but also to less conspicuous subsections such as ecology. But little consideration has been given to how this has changed research practically. How and when do data become questionable? To what extent does the necessary infrastructure influence the research process? What status is given to software and algorithms in the production and analysis of data?

These questions were discussed for two days in September 2016 by the biologists Philipp Fischer und Hans Hofmann, the philosopher Gabriele Gramelsberger, the historian of science and biology Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, the science theorist Christoph Hoffmann, and the artist Hannes Rickli. The conditions of experimentation in the digital sphere are examined in four chapters-"Data," "Software," "Infrastructure," and "in silico"-in which the different perspectives of the discussion partners complement one another. The aim is not to confirm one's own point of view, but through reciprocal interchange to gain a deepened understanding of the contemporary basis of biological research.

List of contents

9 - 28 Introduction31 - 61 Data65 - 93 Software97 - 114 Infrastructures117 - 138 In silico141 - 144 Experiments, Traces, Data Streams. A Reminiscence145 - 147 Participants149 - 150 List of Illustrations151 - 153 Index

About the author

Philipp Fischer ist Leiter des AWI Center for Scientific Diving und der Arbeitsgruppe Fischökologie und In Situ Technology am Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung in Bremerhaven und / Helgoland und Professor für Meeresbiologie an der Jacobs University in Bremen. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Fischverhalten, Fischakustik, Unterwasserbeobachtung und wissenschaftliches Tauchen.

Product details

Authors Philipp Fischer, Gramelsberger, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Christoph Hoffmann, Hans Hofmann, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Hannes Rickli
Publisher diaphanes
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 10.02.2020
EAN 9783035802245
ISBN 978-3-0-3580224-5
No. of pages 156
Dimensions 137 mm x 209 mm x 14 mm
Weight 231 g
Subject Humanities, art, music > Humanities (general)

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