Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis

Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis

by Barry Barnes, David Bloor, John Henry
     
 

A systematic account of the importance of sociology for the understanding of scientific knowledge. Applying sociological analysis to specific historical case studies, the work attempts to show how the sociological approach is an essential complement to interpretations of scientific knowledge from other disciplines, and a necessary contribution to obtaining a

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A systematic account of the importance of sociology for the understanding of scientific knowledge. Applying sociological analysis to specific historical case studies, the work attempts to show how the sociological approach is an essential complement to interpretations of scientific knowledge from other disciplines, and a necessary contribution to obtaining a scientific understanding of science. This book should be of interest to students in the social sciences and the history and philosophy of science, and to academics interested in knowledge, epistemology, the history of ideas and the "new" sociology of science.

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A sociological analysis of scientific knowledge examining the manner by which scientists arrive at "a scientific approach." The study considers the role of observation and experience in scientific knowledge, classification activities, goals and objectives, the images that scientists project to defend their authority, and the use of mathematics in the natural sciences. Each topic is supported by historical evidence as case studies, using well-known experiments such as R.A. Millikan's attempt to measure the charge on the electron as the foundation for the analysis. Paper edition (unseen), $ 15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780485114041
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/27/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Barry Barnes is professor of sociology at the University of Exeter. David Bloor is reader in the Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh. John Henry is senior lecturer in the Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh.

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