Jutta Schickore, About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), 316pp., $50.00 Cloth, ISBN: 9780226449982

Jutta Schickore, About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing... Journal of the History of Biology  Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10739-018-9523-1 BOOK REVIEW Jutta Schickore, About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), 316 pp., $50.00 Cloth, ISBN: 9780226449982 Just as experiments are a linchpin of the scientific enterprise, readings of experimental reports are a prime focus of the historiography of science. Following sociological approaches laid out by scholars such as Steven Shapin and Bruno Latour, historians have come to see written accounts of experiments as mechanisms for rendering matters of fact stable and credible, for constructing the persona of the trustworthy experimenter, and for distributing and accruing credit. Jutta Schickore’s aim is dif- ferent. In About Method, Schickore addresses written accounts of experiments not (just) as ‘‘literary technologies,’’ nor, pace analytic philosophy, as instantiations of abstract models of experimental rea- soning. She focuses instead on experimental writing as such. That is, Schickore scrutinizes the kinds of experimentalist commitments, general experimental procedures, and specific experimental protocols that sci- entists elected to include (and exclude) in their articles, books, and letters. In doing so, About Method provides a compelling historical– philosophical account of the epistemology http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Biology Springer Journals

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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
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History; History of Science; Philosophy of Biology
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0022-5010
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1573-0387
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10.1007/s10739-018-9523-1
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Journal of the History of Biology  Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10739-018-9523-1 BOOK REVIEW Jutta Schickore, About Method: Experimenters, Snake Venom, and the History of Writing Scientifically (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), 316 pp., $50.00 Cloth, ISBN: 9780226449982 Just as experiments are a linchpin of the scientific enterprise, readings of experimental reports are a prime focus of the historiography of science. Following sociological approaches laid out by scholars such as Steven Shapin and Bruno Latour, historians have come to see written accounts of experiments as mechanisms for rendering matters of fact stable and credible, for constructing the persona of the trustworthy experimenter, and for distributing and accruing credit. Jutta Schickore’s aim is dif- ferent. In About Method, Schickore addresses written accounts of experiments not (just) as ‘‘literary technologies,’’ nor, pace analytic philosophy, as instantiations of abstract models of experimental rea- soning. She focuses instead on experimental writing as such. That is, Schickore scrutinizes the kinds of experimentalist commitments, general experimental procedures, and specific experimental protocols that sci- entists elected to include (and exclude) in their articles, books, and letters. In doing so, About Method provides a compelling historical– philosophical account of the epistemology

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