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Profile: Aaron Sidney Wright (Stanford University)
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    Jeroen van Dongen , Cold War Science and the Transatlantic Circulation of Knowledge. Leiden: Brill, 2015. Pp. X + 293. ISBN 978-9-004-26421-2. €115.00. [REVIEW]Aaron Sidney Wright - 2016 - British Journal for the History of Science 49 (3):514-515.
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    The Physics of Forgetting: Thermodynamics of Information at IBM 1959–1982.Aaron Sidney Wright - 2016 - Perspectives on Science 24 (1):112-141.
    This paper charts conceptual shifts in the development of the thermo-dynamics of information as practiced at IBM from 1959 to 1982. It begins with a careful examination of how disembodied formal concepts like information were merged with physical concepts like volume and entropy in 1959 at IBM in a discourse about the fundamental limits of computing. A logical operation called “RESTORE TO ONE” became “erasure” and was equivalent to the erasing of logical histories; these logical entities were taken to reside (...)
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    “I Hold Every Properly Qualified Navigator to Be a Philosopher”: The Making of the U.S. Naval Observatory's Global Laboratory.Aaron Sidney Wright - 2009 - Spontaneous Generations 3 (1):82-94.
    This paper presents the data gathering of Matthew Fontine Maury at the U.S. Naval Observatory as pushing an epistemic boundary outside traditional laboratory walls. Maury's use and control of civilian navigators explicates the development of an astronomic epistemology deeply embedded in nineteenth century American society. In conclusion, following the movement of epistemic boundaries is offered as a guide to crucial moments in the development of a multifaceted modernity.
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