The Resource Arguments that count : physics, computing, and missile defense, 1949-2012, Rebecca Slayton

Arguments that count : physics, computing, and missile defense, 1949-2012, Rebecca Slayton

Label
Arguments that count : physics, computing, and missile defense, 1949-2012
Title
Arguments that count
Title remainder
physics, computing, and missile defense, 1949-2012
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Slayton
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In a rapidly changing world, we rely upon experts to assess the promise and risks of new technology. But how do these experts make sense of a highly uncertain future? In Arguments that Count, Rebecca Slayton offers an important new perspective. Drawing on new historical documents and interviews as well as perspectives in science and technology studies, she provides an original account of how scientists came to terms with the unprecedented threat of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). She compares how two different professional communities -- physicists and computer scientists -- constructed arguments about the risks of missile defense, and how these arguments changed over time. Slayton shows that our understanding of technological risks is shaped by disciplinary repertoires -- the codified knowledge and mathematical rules that experts use to frame new challenges. And, significantly, a new repertoire can bring long-neglected risks into clear view.In the 1950s, scientists recognized that high-speed computers would be needed to cope with the unprecedented speed of ICBMs. But the nation's elite science advisors had no way to analyze the risks of computers so used physics to assess what they could: radar and missile performance. Only decades later, after establishing computing as a science, were advisors able to analyze authoritatively the risks associated with complex software -- most notably, the risk of a catastrophic failure. As we continue to confront new threats, including that of cyber attack, Slayton offers valuable insight into how different kinds of expertise can limit or expand our capacity to address novel technological risks."
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
358.1/740973
Index
index present
LC call number
UA22
LC item number
.S57 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Arguments that count : physics, computing, and missile defense, 1949-2012, Rebecca Slayton
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Software and the Race against Surprise Attack -- Framing an "Appallingly Complex" System -- Complexity and the "Art or Evolving Science" of Software -- "No Technological Solution" -- What Crisis? Software in the "Safeguard" Debate -- The Politics of Complex Technology -- The Political Economy of Software Engineering -- Nature and Technology in the Star Wars Debate -- Conclusion: Complexity Unbound -- Unpublished Sources and Notations
Control code
ocn856929636
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781461939016
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b3554109x
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)856929636
  • pebcs0262316536

Library Locations

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