Deconstruction in a 'Thinking' Science : Theoretical Physicists at Work

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MERZ, Martina, Karin D. KNORR-CETINA, 1997. Deconstruction in a 'Thinking' Science : Theoretical Physicists at Work. In: Social Studies of Science. 21(1), pp. 73-111. ISSN 0306-3127. Available under: doi: 10.1177/030631297027001004

@article{Merz1997Decon-11477, title={Deconstruction in a 'Thinking' Science : Theoretical Physicists at Work}, year={1997}, doi={10.1177/030631297027001004}, number={1}, volume={21}, issn={0306-3127}, journal={Social Studies of Science}, pages={73--111}, author={Merz, Martina and Knorr-Cetina, Karin D.} }

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