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Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis
     

Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis

by Barry Barnes, David Bloor, John Henry
 

ISBN-10: 0226037304

ISBN-13: 9780226037301

Pub. Date: 07/28/1996

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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:
9780226037301
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Series:
The Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(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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