Misunderstanding Science? by Alan Irwin
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Misunderstanding Science?
By Alan Irwin

Misunderstanding Science?

The Public Reconstruction of Science and Technology

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Misunderstanding Science? by Alan Irwin

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Misunderstanding Science? offers a challenging new perspective on the public understanding of science. In so doing, it also challenges existing ideas of the nature of science and its relationships with society. Its analysis and case presentation are highly relevant to current concerns over the uptake, authority, and effectiveness of science as expressed, for example, in areas such as education, medical/health practice, risk and the environment, technological innovation. Based on several in-depth case-studies, and informed theoretically by the sociology of scientific knowledge, the book shows how the public understanding of science questions raises issues of the epistemic commitments and institutional structures which constitute modern science. It suggests that many of the inadequacies in the social integration and uptake of science might be overcome if modern scientific institutions were more reflexive and open about the implicit normative commitments embedded in scientific cultures.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521525206
ISBN-10: 0521525209
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 13mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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