02 mars 2014

Seeing Small Times: a New Frontier in Social Science

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/worldwise-nameplate.gifBy Nigel Thrift. I recently visited the CERN research facility in Geneva, where a number of faculty members from the University of Warwick work. There, four great experiments spaced around the almost 17-mile ring of the Large Hadron Collider are being put to work on questions like what happened after the Big Bang. In such work it is normal to think not only in terms of large spans of time but also in picoseconds. Indeed, much of today’s science is conducted in the realm of the very small and sometimes vanishingly small times. But what is interesting is how this focus has transferred to the social realm. Read more...
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