The emergence of science and technology

This work will be mostly based on Bruno Latour's science studies and Joel Mokyr's history of technology. Again, we focus on cases.  In particular, we look at the nuclear chain reaction by Frédéric Joliot and the work of Louis Pasteur. From a technology perspective, we look at the industrial revolution. In all of the cases, special attention goes to the complex social interactions that create  an institution. Latour defines institutions as the collective of laws, actors, customs, etc. providing the mediation to maintain a durable and sustainable substance. This relates to his actor-network theory. The cases will illustrate how a complex but stable system is present behind the emergence of science and technology. After the seminar, a discussion is planned to relate this seminar (and previous seminar),  to entrepreneurship, IT management and complexity studies.