A research project on how citizens produce scientific knowledge
How did lay citizens become involved in the production of scientific knowledge? Where does this movement fit in the broader history of public participation in science? How did the rise of the “amateur” redefine expertise in a democratic society? And who are these “citizen scientists” today? These are some of the questions we will address in this five years interdisciplinary research project on the transformations of public participation in science.
In 1934, the historian of the French Revolution Georges Lefebvre gave a talk on “Revolutionary Crowds” (“Les foules révolutionnaires”). Looking back on the book he had published two years before, The Great Fear of 1789 – a book which had required more than fifteen...read more
Reading the many commentaries about Gustave Le Bon and his 1895 The Crowd. The Study of the Popular Mind can easily get quite repetitive. Most authors seem to agree in condemning Le Bon and his most famous book: Le Bon was a reactionary; he lamented over the demise of...read more
Surfing through the wealth of websites offering opportunities to contribute to scientific research (the so-called “citizen science”), whether by lending computer processor time for distributed computing projects or by requesting an actual human contribution, such as...read more