news & publications


Keynote: "Knowledge Infrastructures under Siege," conference on Governing by Prediction? Models, Data, and Algorithms in and for Governance, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris


Plantin, Lagoze, Edwards, and Sandvig, "Big Data is not about Size: When Data Transform Scholarship"


M. Chalmers and P.N. Edwards, "Producing 'one vast index': Google Book Search as an algorithmic system," M. Chalmers and P.N. Edwards, Big Data & Society


"The Mechanics of Invisibility: On Habit and Routine as Elements of Infrastructure"


Keynote: "Knowledge Infrastructures under Siege: Environmental Data Systems as Memory, Truce, and Target," Data Power 2017, Carleton University



Un monde clos

L'ordinateur, la bombe et le discours politique de la Guerre froide
Éditions B2, 2013

Paul N. Edwards


Excerpt from The Closed World (1996), with a new preface. Introduced and translated by Nikola Jankovic.






A Vast Machine

Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming
MIT Press, 2010

Paul N. Edwards


Website for A Vast Machine: downloads, media, supplementary materials


Reviews and prizes: Science, Nature, American Scientist, Metascience, American Historical Review, Physics World, Science and Public Policy, more




Changing the Atmosphere

Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance
MIT Press, 2001

Clark Miller and Paul N. Edwards, eds.

Changing Life
Genomes, Ecologies, Bodies, Commodities



Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1997


Peter J. Taylor, Saul E. Halfon, and Paul N. Edwards, eds.







The Closed World

Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America


MIT Press, 1996


Paul N. Edwards


Reviews: American Historical Review, Isis, Technology Review, Business Week, Computer-Mediated Communication, Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies