In the wake of last week's drama on the Hudson River it is worth reflecting on the dramatic tests that regulators use to measure the 'bird-resilience' of modern jet engines.
How do we know if an engine would safely swallow a bird? And what can the answer to this question teach us about our relationships with the technologies we depend on. John Downer comments in his article 'Epistemological Chicken: What do we learn form aircraft 'bird-ingestion' tests?'.
John Downer is a Research Officer at the ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) at the London School of Economics. He is author of "When the Chick Hits the Fan: Representativeness and Reproducibility in Technological Testing." in Social Studies of Science. Vol. 31 No.1 Feb. 2007 pp.7-26
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