Real Science: What it Is and What it Means

Real Science: What it Is and What it Means

by John Ziman, Ziman John
     
 

ISBN-10: 052177229X

ISBN-13: 9780521772297

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Unlike most other similar books, this systematic, carefully reasoned, non-technical analysis of the nature and significance of scientific knowledge opens the way to reconciliation in the 'science wars'. By describing how academic scientists actually undertake research and communicate their findings, it shows that the philosophy, psychology and sociology of science are

Overview

Unlike most other similar books, this systematic, carefully reasoned, non-technical analysis of the nature and significance of scientific knowledge opens the way to reconciliation in the 'science wars'. By describing how academic scientists actually undertake research and communicate their findings, it shows that the philosophy, psychology and sociology of science are inextricably entwined, and that 'realism' and 'relativism' are just two sides of the same coin. The writing is well-informed, down-to-earth and lucid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521772297
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. A peculiar institution; 2. Basically, it's purely academic; 3. Academic science; 4. New modes of knowledge production; 5. Community and communication; 6. Universalism and unification; 7. Disinterestedness and objectivity; 8. Originality and novelty; 9. Scepticism and the growth of knowledge; 10. What then, can we believe?; Bibliography; Index.

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