Works by Spencer, Matt (exact spelling)

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    Brittleness and Bureaucracy: Software as a Material for Science.Matt Spencer - 2015 - Perspectives on Science 23 (4):466-484.
    Computer simulations play a key role in many domains of contemporary science. The question of how they transform science has received a lot of scholarly attention. Many have concentrated on outlining the epistemological similarities and differences between simulation and experiment and theory and on the diversity of kinds of modelling and representing found across domains of science. A third direction, which I explore here, looks instead at how working with computers, and working in software environments in particular, gives this kind (...)
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    Trouble with Images in Computational Physics.Matt Spencer - 2012 - Spontaneous Generations 6 (1):34-42.
    Over 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork with a group of computational physicists, I encountered many negative assessments of the part that images should play in the accomplishment of good research. In this essay I explore the question of where these anxieties might come from and what they mean. Using Bachelard’s philosophy, I first point to the role that the image plays in conditioning the imagination and in training intuitive judgement. But to get to the bottom of the trouble with images (...)
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