Tracing the language of science through time and across cultures, Scott Montgomery examines its character, evolution, and cultural origins, and shows the profound influence language has had on scientific thought, discovery, and progress. Drawing on examples from a range of sciences, he shows how the choice of language and metaphors leads to different scientific insights. This process is illustrated through discussions of military metaphors in biomedical writings, a comparison between Japanese and English science, and a fascinating examination of the English translation of Freud's work and how it compares to the original German edition.
About the Author
Scott L. Montgomery is a geologist, writer, and translator currently residing in Seattle, Washington. Author of Minds for the Making, he has written widely in the areas of science, culture, and language studies and has published essays in many journals, including Science as Culture, The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Central Park.
Table of Contents
1. The Cult of Jargon: Reflections on Language in Science
2. In Equal Number of Words: Notes for a History of Scientific Discourse
3. Illness and Image: An Essay on the Contents of Biomedical Discourse
4. Expanding the Earth: Seeing and Naming the Skies The Case of the Moon
5. Science by any Other Means: Japanese Science and the Politics of Translation
6. A Case of (Mis)Taken Identity: The Question of Freudian Discourse
Readers interested in the impact of language and culture upon science's endeavor to understand the world around us; and, conversely, in the role of scientific discourse in shaping culture. Serves as a core or supplementary text for courses in science and technology studies, the history of science, representation and society, discourse analysis, and rhetoric