This entry narrates the acceptance of instrumentation as a warrant for science, from Galileo (telescope) to Boyle (air pump) to the era of Big Science (super colliders and space telescopes), databases, and modelling. The study of scientific instruments sits at the nexus of the history, philosophy, and social study of science and technology. Scientific instruments do more than merely extend the senses; they make manifest the effects they are trying to study. Instruments cannot be theoretically neutral, as assumptions about the nature and parameters of objects of study are built into devices. Scientific instruments are central to the organization of scientific work and careers.
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