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The Genesis of Technoscientific Revolutions

The Genesis of Technoscientific Revolutions

Rethinking the Nature and Nurture of Research

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Jeffrey Y. Tsao

ISBN 9780674251854

Publication date: 11/30/2021

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Research powers innovation and technoscientific advance, but it is due for a rethink, one consistent with its deeply holistic nature, requiring deeply human nurturing.

Research is a deeply human endeavor that must be nurtured to achieve its full potential. As with tending a garden, care must be taken to organize, plant, feed, and weed—and the manner in which this nurturing is done must be consistent with the nature of what is being nurtured.

In The Genesis of Technoscientific Revolutions, Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Jeffrey Tsao propose a new and holistic system, a rethinking of the nature and nurturing of research. They share lessons from their vast research experience in the physical sciences and engineering, as well as from perspectives drawn from the history and philosophy of science and technology, research policy and management, and the evolutionary biological, complexity, physical, and economic sciences.

Narayanamurti and Tsao argue that research is a recursive, reciprocal process at many levels: between science and technology; between questions and answer finding; and between the consolidation and challenging of conventional wisdom. These fundamental aspects of the nature of research should be reflected in how it is nurtured. To that end, Narayanamurti and Tsao propose aligning organization, funding, and governance with research; embracing a culture of holistic technoscientific exploration; and instructing people with care and accountability.

Praise

  • Essential reading. By integrating the previous work of leading science and technology scholars, creating new terminology, concepts, and logical structures, and including concrete examples, these two eminent leaders make a compelling case for rethinking how we understand and nurture research to advance the public good.

    —Laura Diaz Anadon, Chaired Professor of Climate Change Policy, University of Cambridge

Authors

  • Venkatesh Narayanamurti is Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy Emeritus at Harvard University and former Vice President for Research at Sandia National Laboratories. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
  • Jeffrey Y. Tsao is Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. A former executive in charge of research and development in the telecommunications field, he is Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Book Details

  • 248 pages
  • 1 x 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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