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Author Reyes-Galindo, Luis, author

Title Analysing unstructured interviews with physicists : unpicking the role of tacit knowledge / Luis Reyes Galindo ; edited by Jamie Lewis
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018
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Summary 'Physical intuition' -- the ability to immediately apprehend and understand physics -- is one of the most elusive concepts in theoretical physics. Some physicists remark that solid intuition is the hallmark of a proficient physicist, but others, like well-known philosopher of science Mario Bunge (1962), dismissed the very idea of 'scientific intuition' as nonsensical. The data presented here are provided by Dr Luis Reyes-Galindo from Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University and are sourced from more than twenty unstructured interviews carried out during doctoral and postdoctoral research that focused on a wide range of aspects regarding (mostly) theoretical physicist's accounts of their work, what they do and what makes a good physicist. None of the interviews were specifically intended to touch upon the idea of physical intuition, yet 'intuition' constantly re-appeared as an actor's (or interviewee's) category of the utmost importance for a deep understanding of theoretical physics' self-image. The dataset will be of most use to those doing interview research into the sociology of science and technology studies, especially those with an interest in tacit knowledge
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Tacit knowledge.
Physicists -- Interviews.
Genre/Form Interviews.
Form Electronic book
Author Lewis, Jamie, editor
ISBN 9781526439314 (online resource)