chapter  2
19 Pages

The Culture of Science and the Politics of Numbers


Every one of us is born into a world where science and technology is omnipresent: much of our specialized and everyday knowledge (and assumptions) is rationally based and relies on mechanical principles and models. We are accustomed to scientifi c thinking early on at school, we hear about discoveries and inventions on the news daily, and we use technology every day through the commodities we buy. This whole process (the “scientifi cation” of culture) began in the early seventeenth century, and was largely completed by the early nineteenth century. The end result is often called the modern era or modernity.