By Rebecca Slayton

ISBN-10: 0262019442

ISBN-13: 9780262019446

In a swiftly altering international, we depend upon specialists to evaluate the promise and dangers of latest know-how. yet how do those specialists make experience of a hugely doubtful destiny? In Arguments that Count, Rebecca Slayton deals an enormous new point of view. Drawing on new old files and interviews in addition to views in technology and expertise experiences, she presents an unique account of ways scientists got here to phrases with the unparalleled possibility of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). She compares how assorted expert groups -- physicists and machine scientists -- developed arguments concerning the hazards of missile safeguard, and the way those arguments replaced through the years. Slayton indicates that our realizing of technological hazards is formed via disciplinary repertoires -- the codified wisdom and mathematical principles that specialists use to border new demanding situations. And, considerably, a brand new repertoire can convey long-neglected hazards into transparent view.In the Nineteen Fifties, scientists famous that high-speed pcs will be had to take care of the unparalleled pace of ICBMs. however the nation's elite technological know-how advisors had no method to examine the hazards of pcs so used physics to evaluate what they can: radar and missile functionality. in basic terms many years later, after constructing computing as a technological know-how, have been advisors capable of research authoritatively the hazards linked to advanced software program -- so much particularly, the chance of a catastrophic failure. As we proceed to confront new threats, together with that of cyber assault, Slayton deals important perception into how other forms of craftsmanship can restrict or extend our capability to handle novel technological risks.

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