Chris Toumey

at University of South Carolina
Columbia,
United States

Chris Toumey is a cultural anthropologist (Ph.D. from University of North Carolina) who works in the anthropology of science. Since 2003 his research and writing has addressed societal and cultural issues in nanotechnology, including these topics: issues in the history of nanotech; religious reactions to nanotech; epistemological problems in images of nanoscale objects; and other matters. Chris is the author of ninety professional publications on nanotech. These include his short commentaries that appear four times a year in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, which constitutes his platform for showing scientists and engineers how the humanities and social sciences can contribute to our understanding of nanotechnology. Chris works in the Center for Environmental Nanoscience & Risk at the University of South Carolina.

Journal Articles:
Special Section: Art and Atoms

Making Sense of Variations in the Visual Depiction of DNA

June 2021
Special Section: Nanotechnology, Nanoscale Science and Art

Truth and Beauty at the Nanoscale

April 2009
Special Section: Nano: Art, Science, Tech

Nano in Sight: Epistemology, Aesthetics, Comparisons and Public Perceptions of Images of Nanoscale Objects

October 2012
Special Section of Leonardo Transactions: Technologies of Scientific Visualization

Technologies of Scientific Visualization

February 2015