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Does Narrative Matter? Engendering Belief in Electromagnetic Theory M. Norton Wise What is the use then of imagining an electro-tonic state of which we have no distinctly physical conception, instead of a formula of attraction which we can readily understand? I would answer, that it is a good thing to have two ways of looking at a subject, and to admit that there are two ways of looking at it. J. C. Maxwell, “On Faraday’s Lines of Force” (1855)1 With these words James Clerk Maxwell positioned himself with respect to the sharply differing perspectives on

Historical Narrative versus Comparative Description? Genre and Knowledge in Alexander von Humboldt’s Personal Narrative Christine Peters Alexander von Humboldt’s Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent (1814–1825)1 appears as an especially productive source of research on the relationship between narrating and comparing in the sci- ences. Humboldt frequently shifts from what he calls a “historical narrative,” meaning the recounting of episodes in his voyages, to a comparative “descrip- tion” of individual objects. These

On the Narrative Order of Experimentation Hans-Jörg Rheinberger The claim to do nothing else than to let the things themselves tell their stories has a long tradition in the sciences.The venerable metaphor of the legibility of the world and of the letters in which the book of nature is written plainly cor- respondswith that demand of self-exposure. AsHans Blumenberg has shown, it has accompanied the sciences from the early modern times to the present, from the mathematical vision of Galileo Galilei to the letter-universe of the Human Genome Project.1 The

About the Relationship Between Geometries and Technology and Its Impact on Narrative Spaces
Strategies and Meanings in Games and Real Life
Identitätsarbeit durch Bild-Geschichten. Ein neuer Weg in der Psychotherapie
Shifts in the Representation of Intersex Lives in North American Literature and Popular Culture

II. Domain-Specific Narratives of Conflict “The litany of the myth is by now familiar: a condi- tion of violent and rapid change, unprecedented in the history of mankind, has produced a […] moral and political crisis of such dimensions that catastrophe is surely imminent […]. Before it is too late society must rid itself of outmoded sentiment, thought, technique; and, if in order to prepare for its impending deliverance, it must be ready to make tabula rasa, the architect, as key figure in this transformation, must be prepared to assume the historical

III. Domain-Specific Narratives of Change “The world around us, so much of our own creation, shif ts continually and of ten bewilders us. We reach out to that world to preserve or to change it and so to make visible our desire. The arguments of plan- ning all come down to the management of change.” Lynch, Kevin (1972) What Time is this Place?, Cambridge, MA, p.1 “By looking at the architectural form as an instance of a continuous process of change, we become interested in the mechanisms of transformation. That we can learn from change is not new. In all

Narrative Urbanistik Nichts scheint einfacher zu sein, als eine Stadt zu erkunden. Alle reden über die Stadt, handeln und bewegen sich in ihr und haben einen persönlichen Eindruck von ihr. Jede und jeder hat zudem „ihre“ und „seine“ Stadt, die man noch besser kennt als andere oder zumindest diejenigen, die später dort angekommen sind. Die „Stadt“ mag als ein Objekt der Forschung schwer zu beschreiben sein – wo fängt sie an, wo hört sie auf, wer gehört dazu, was ist „typisch“ für sie und was verallgemeinerbar von den einzelnen Städten, mit denen