Inventing Accuracy by Donald MacKenzie
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Inventing Accuracy
By Donald MacKenzie

Inventing Accuracy

A Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance

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Inventing Accuracy by Donald MacKenzie

Book Description

Donald MacKenzie follows one line of technology -- strategic ballistic missile guidance through a succession of weapons systems to reveal the workings of a world that is neither awesome nor unstoppable. He uncovers the parameters, the pressures, and the politics that make up the complex social construction of an equally complex technology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262631471
ISBN-10: 0262631474
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Mar-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Material Markets by Donald MacKenzie Material Markets, Hardback (December 2008)

Financial markets, processes, and instruments are often difficult to fathom; the credit crisis highlights both their importance and their fragility. In this book, MacKenzie, one of the most perceptive analysts of the financial world, puts forward a material sociology of markets, rooted in the actors and agents that shape modern finance.

Engine, Not a Camera by Donald MacKenzie Engine, Not a Camera, Paperback (August 2008)

A pioneering work in the social studies of finance describes how the emergence of modern finance theory has affected financial markets in fundamental ways--as an engine that shapes them rather than a camera that reproduces their every detail.

Do Economists Make Markets? by Donald MacKenzie Do Economists Make Markets?, Paperback (July 2008)

Dedicated to the controversial question of whether economics is performative - of whether, in some cases, economics actually produces the phenomena it analyzes, this book features case studies that intend to offer substance to the notion of the performativity of economics in an accessible, nontechnical way.

Mechanizing Proof by Donald MacKenzie Mechanizing Proof, Paperback (March 2004)

A sociological approach to the history of proof, as applied to and performed by computer systems.

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Author Biography - Donald MacKenzie

Donald MacKenzie is Professor of Sociology (Personal Chair) at the University of Edinburgh. His books include Inventing Accuracy (1990), Knowing Machines (1996), and Mechanizing Proof (2001), all published by the MIT Press. Portions of An Engine, not a Camera won the Viviana A. Zelizer Prize in economic sociology from the American Sociological Association.

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