DEC Colloquium

Things I've Learned about Scientific Imagination

Practical information
26 March 2024
11:30am-1pm
Place

ENS, salle Jaurès, 29 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris

IJN

Until recently, very little empirical work has explicitly targeted scientific imagination, despite its obvious importance for scientific practice. We want to know whether and how scientists are taught to imagine, what imagination is used for, whether it is approved for use everywhere or only in certain contexts, how social factors shape it, and whether the labour of imagining is equitably distributed. This paper summarizes a few preliminary answers to these questions which are the result of recent interview-based, observational, and survey-based studies.

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2023-2024 Program

Mike Stuart