Masons, Tricksters and Cartographers: Comparative Studies in the Sociology of Scientific and Indigenous Knowledge

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Acknowledgements

Over the years I have benefited from the work of others and from conversations with many people in a wide range of places and disciplines. It is not possible to list them all, but I would like to thank all those who made a specific contribution either to my thinking or more personally by way of encouragement and support. I would particularly like to thank Judy Armstrong, Maggie Brady, Michael Bravo, Damien Broderick, Ian Burn, Barry Butcher, Wade Chambers, Catherine Delano-Smith, Henry Krips, Bruno Latour, John Law, Kingsley Palmer, Lex Smits, Leigh Star, Helen Verran, David Woodward, Brian Wynne and John Ziman. I also want to thank the Center for Cultural Studies for their generous support in preparing the illustrations.

I owe a special debt of thanks to Sandy and Alexander who have seen me through many a dark night of the soul and this book is dedicated to them.

Some of the material in this book I have published elsewhere in other forms.

The introduction draws on Technoscience Worlds (Geelong: Deakin University Press, 1991); ‘Reframing Science and Other Local Knowledge Traditions’, Futures, Vol. 29, 6 (1997), pp. 551-62; ‘Rationality, Objectivity, and Method’, reproduced with permission of Elsevier Science, pp. 16-21 in Helaine Selin, ed., Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-western Cultures (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997).

Chapter 1 is a modified version of ‘Local Knowledge and Comparative Scientific Traditions’, Knowledge and Policy, Vol. 6, 3/4 (1993), pp. 29-54 with material from ‘Reframing Science and Other Local Knowledge Traditions’, Futures, Vol. 29, 6 (1997), pp. 551-62; ‘Maps and Mapmaking of the Australian Aboriginal People’, pp. 37-39 in Helaine Selin, ed., Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-western Cultures (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997).

Chapter 2 is an updated version of ‘The Ad Hoc Collective Work of Building Gothic Cathedrals with Templates, String, and Geometry’, Science Technology and Human Values, Vol. 18 (1993), pp. 315-40. This material is used with permission of Sage Publications.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • 1 - On with the Motley 19
  • 2 - Talk, Templates and Tradition 53
  • 3 - Tricksters and Cartographers 89
  • 4 - Pacific Navigation 131
  • 5 - Making Malaria Curable 161
  • 6 - Messiness and Order in Turbulence Research 183
  • Bibliography 233
  • Index 259
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