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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This volume was born of our interest in examining research tools in the life sciences using the interdisciplinary perspectives of sociology, his­ tory, and philosophy of science. We have achieved this goal only through the combined scholarship, cooperation, timeliness, and pa­ tience of the contributors to this volume. We thank them most sincerely. We also gratefully acknowledge the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology. In 1989 this new cross-disciplinary and intellectually stimulating organization generously hosted three sessions in which most of the papers in this volume were first presented, discussed, and critiqued. This forum provided us with the opportunity to meet and share our visions and then to integrate our work into a coherent whole. Many other colleagues contributed their insights, enthusiasm, and support to our project along the way. These include Howard Becker, Troy Duster, Gerald Geison, Elihu Gerson, Donna Haraway, Bruno Latour , Elizabeth Lloyd, Barbara Rosencrantz, and Anselm Strauss. Merriley Borell, Alberto Cambrosio, Monica Casper, John Jungck, Michael Lynch, Jane Maienschein, and Leigh Star also provided detailed and helpful comments on our introductory essay. Adele Clarke began work on this book in 1988 when she was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow under the gracious and stimulating direction of W. Richard Scott in the Department of Sociology at Stanford Univer­ sity. She would like to thank the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of History of Health Sciences at the Uni­ versity of California, San Francisco, for their enthusiastic support. Joan Fujimura would like to thank the Department of Sociology at Harvard University for its generous support of her work on this book. Both of us thank Emily Wilkinson and Edward Tenner at Princeton University Press. We first discussed this project with Dr. Tenner and then worked closely with Ms. Wilkinson on bringing it into being. We especially appreciate Ms. Wilkinson's guidance and patience through­ out the process. Finally, Allan Regenstreif and Kjell Doksum, our husbands and friends, deserve more appreciation than we can express. ...


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