Astrid Schwarz`s main topics in the philosophy and history of science are the investigation of the status and power of concepts and images in the process of generation, stabilization and demarcation of scientific knowledge. Especially relevant to the GOTO-project is her focus on the constitution of research objects, including the influence of scientific models, diagrams, and images, as well as popular societal visions. The object she is working on is the Chicken Creek, an artificially constructed natural site that serves to study the processes and structures of initial ecosystem development. Schwarz focuses especially on the different notions of simulation that are at stake her, the computer simulation of the object, thus the “in silico” simulation, and on the other hand the “real-world simulation” that is used to describe the paradox of an artificial natural system that exhibits its own performance parameters. In general, Schwarz is interested in reconstructing the drama/life story of objects that are encountered outside the laboratory, thus in the field. These objects might be drawn from ecological research (Schwarz & Jax 2011), the environmental sciences (Schwarz & Krohn 2011), or also nanotechnologies (2009a, b).
- Schwarz, A.E. (2009a), Escaping from limits to visions of space? In: A. Ferrari & S. Gammel (eds.): Visionen der Nanotechnologie. Berlin: Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft 2009, pp. 129-142
- Schwarz, A.E. (2009b), Green Dreams of Reason. Green Nanotechnology between Visions of Excess and Control. In: NanoEthics 3 (2009), pp. 109-118 (http://www.citeulike.org/article/4944676)
- Schwarz, A.E. & W. Krohn (2011), Experimenting with the concept of experiment: probing the epochal break. In: A. Nordmann, H. Radder & G. Schiemann (eds): Science transformed? Debating claims of an Epochal Break. Pittsburgh Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press 2011, pp. 119-134
- Schwarz, A.E. & K. Jax (2011), Ecology Revisited. Reflecting on Concepts, Advancing Science (Handbook of ecological concepts). Dordrecht: Springer 2011