Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis / Edition 1

Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis / Edition 1

by Barry Barnes, David Bloor, John Henry
     
 

Although science was once seen as the product of individual great men working in isolation, we now realize that, like any other creative activity, science is a highly social enterprise, influenced in subtle as well as obvious ways by the wider culture and values of its time. Scientific Knowledge is the first introduction to social studies of scientific

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Overview

Although science was once seen as the product of individual great men working in isolation, we now realize that, like any other creative activity, science is a highly social enterprise, influenced in subtle as well as obvious ways by the wider culture and values of its time. Scientific Knowledge is the first introduction to social studies of scientific knowledge.

The authors, all noted for their contributions to science studies, have organized this book so that each chapter examines a key step in the process of doing science. Using case studies from cognitive science, physics, and biology to illustrate their descriptions and applications of the social study of science, they show how this approach provides a crucial perspective on how science is actually done.

Scientific Knowledge will be of interest not only to those engaged in science studies, but also to anyone interested in the practice of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226037318
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/15/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
1,126,490
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
1: Observation and Experience
2: Interpretation
3: Words and the World
4: Beyond Experience
5: Sociological Projects
6: Drawing Boundaries
7: Proof and Self-Evidence
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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