Beamtimes and Lifetimes has ratings and 9 reviews. L.L. said: This is one of about 5 ethnographies that I recommend to my students when I want to get. Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physicists. Sharon Traweek ยท Anne Kernan. University of California, Riverside. PDF. Particle physicists constitute a community of sophisticated mythmakers– explicators of the nature of matter who forever alter our views of space and time. But who.

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Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physicists

Showing of 5 reviews. Looks at the life of particle physicists, showing who these people are and what their world is really like. Almost no one eats alone. It also seems rather dated, as my experience with particle physics is rather different.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Maria Osietzki – – Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 16 Sharon Traweek – I read this for a reading group at work, and in all honesty it’s probably not the kind of book I would otherwise have picked up Leonore rated it it was amazing Nov 03, This article has no associated abstract.

Refresh and try again. Unfortunately, it was a bit too dry for my tastes. Sarah rated it did not like it Dec 04, But it annd offers some interesting insights. I recommend this book to other physicists.


It is widely understood among the senior group members in American labs that it is not sufficient for a postdoc to lifetimez this sort of mundane job well; independent, risky work must be undertaken as well.

Beamtimes and Lifetimes

There are very few dual career marriages, and two out of the three dual career marriages that she observed were beamtimee two particle physicists. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It isn’t, however, very heavy handed about the “why this matters” — it makes its points lightly a few times and mostly stays in the well-curated description so read it if you’re already curious, not if you want convincing that cultures of science matter.

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The author pitches wildly a few times on the science, doesn’t understand physics education very well see, for example, her silly claim that undergraduate coursework gives only a simplified and partial version of major topics because “novices are thought to be unsuited to a full disclosure of truth in these first years”and says lifetimmes If you’re a physicist, as I am, then reading this book lifeitmes a bizarre experience.

Make up your own mind, but I thought this was worth reading.

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Find it on Scholar. I am finding that many of the dismissals of this kind of cultural anthropology either are misrepresenting what the sociologists are saying or, very possibly, they are able to see past the works and address the “true” motivations of the critics. A Journal of the History of Science One of the first ethnographies of scientists and scientific work, Traweek’s monograph is an essential starting point for any social scientist interested in an ethnographic approach to scientists; one of the first to suggest that scientists could have “culture” removed from other allegiances.


Wynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The successful postdoc overcomes their fear and gets responsibility for some large, important project.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The book concentrated on the bureaucracy of particle physics quite a bit. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Although parts of this book may be pretty dry for the non- scholar and people are simply not interested, there are pivotal and salient paragraphs in Beamtimes and Lifetimes that show that science isn’t objective and neutral as it seems. The Whale and the Reactor:

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