By Geoffrey C. Bowker
This is the tale of ways one corporation created and codified a brand new technological know-how "on the run," clear of the confines of the laboratory. by way of construing its provider as medical, Schlumberger used to be capable of get the sting at the pageant and build an enviable area of interest for itself in a fast-growing industry.In this attractive account, Geoffrey Bowker finds how Schlumberger devised a style of trying out capability oil fields, produced a rhetoric, and secured a place that allowed it to govern the definition of what a know-how is. Bowker calls the guts of the tale "The Measurements That Worked," and he renders it within the variety of a delusion. In so doing, he indicates seamlessly how society turns into embedded even in that almost all simple and probably value-independent of medical techniques: the measurement.Bowker describes the origins and peregrinations of Schlumberger, info the ways that the technology built within the box was once translated right into a shape which may be defended in a patent courtroom, and analyzes the company's ideas in the broader context of commercial science.Inside know-how series
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It was not just a question of learning the principles of others' methods; observations at Pechelbronn could also help the Schlumberger brothers appraise their competitors. For example, in a confidential note to Pelissier, Ambronn, the director of the company La Geophysique, broached the idea of his working at Pechelbronn. He wrote that German scientists had been experimenting for some 15 years with "allying the indications of geology with that of physics. They want geophysics to be able to direct research not according to probabilities, but with an exact knowledge of the subsoil to be explored, by determining the composition and nature of the ores sought and their extent.
Science on the Run: Information Management and Industrial Geophysics at Schlumberger, 1920-1940 (Inside Technology) by Geoffrey C. Bowker