Aramis, or, The love of technology / Bruno Latour ; translated by Catherine Porter.

by Latour, Bruno [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2002.Description: x, 314 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780674043237.Subject(s): Local transit -- France -- Paris Metropolitan Area | Personal rapid transit -- France -- Paris Metropolitan AreaNote: Originally published: 1996.Language: Translated from the French.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Bruno Latour has written a unique and wonderful tale of a technological dream gone wrong. The story of the birth and death of Aramis--the guided-transportation system intended for Paris--is told in this thought-provoking and fictional account by several different parties: an engineer and his professor; company executives and elected officials; a sociologist; and finally Aramis itself, who delivers a passionate plea on behalf of technological innovations that risk being abandoned by their makers. As the young engineer and professor follow Aramis's trail--conducting interviews, analyzing documents, assessing the evidence--perspectives keep shifting: the truth is revealed as multilayered, unascertainable, comprising an array of possibilities worthy of Rashomon . This charming and profound book, part novel and part sociological study, is Latour at his thought-provoking best.

Originally published: 1996.

Translated from the French.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Prologue
  • Who Killed Aramis?
  • 1 An Exciting Innovation
  • 2 Is Aramis Feasible?
  • 3 Shilly-Shallying in the Seventies
  • 4 Interphase: Three Years of Grace
  • 5 The 1984 Decision: Aramis Exists for Real
  • 6 Aramis at the CET Stage: Will It Keep Its Promises?
  • 7 Aramis Is Ready to Go (Away)
  • Epilogue: Aramis Unloved
  • Glossary

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Bruno LaTour was born in the French province of Burgundy, where his family has been making wine for many generations. He was educated in Dijon, where he studied philosophy and Biblical exegesis. He then went to Africa, to complete his military service, working for a French organization similar to the American Peace Corps. While in Africa he became interested in the social sciences, particularly anthropology.

LaTour believes that through his interests in philosophy, theology, and anthropology, he is actually pursuing a single goal, to understand the different ways that truth is built. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, LaTour has written about the philosophy and sociology of science in an original, insightful, and sometimes quirky way. Works that have been translated to English include The Pasteurization of France; Laboratory Life; Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society; We Have Never Been Modern; and Aramis, or the Love of Technology.

LaTour is a professor at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation, a division of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, in Paris.

(Bowker Author Biography)