The One Culture?
A Conversation About Science
By (author) Harry Collins
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One Culture? by Harry Collins
Book DescriptionCombatants from one or other of the "two cultures" (Science versus the arts and humanities) in the so-called "Science Wars" have launcehed bitter attacks but have seldom engaged in constructive dialogue about central issues. This book is about an exchange of opinions and ideas rather than a trading of insults. The contributors find areas of broad agreement in a conversation about science, its legitamacy and authority as a means of understanding the world and whether science studies undermines the practice and finding of science and scientists. The first part of "The One Culture?" consists of papers written by scientists and sociologists, which were distributed to the participants. The second part presents commentaries on the papers and discusses their central themes and arguments. The final part has the participants in the discussion responding to these critiques, offering defenses, clarifications and modifications of their positions. This book shows the reader what is at stake in the "Science Wars" and provides a framework for how to go about seeking the answers to vital questions raised within the debate.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226467238
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 6-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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The authors demonstrate that the imperfections in technology are related to the uncertainties in science described in the first volume.
Are We All Scientific Experts Now?, Paperback (February 2014)
To ordinary people, science used to seem infallible. Scientists were heroes, selflessly pursuing knowledge for the common good. More recently, a series of scientific scandals, frauds and failures have led us to question science s pre-eminence.
Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog, Paperback (February 2014)
Brings to life science's efforts to detect cosmic gravitational waves. This title offers readers an unprecedented view of gravitational wave research and explains what it means for an analyst to do work of this kind.
Tacit and Explicit Knowledge, Paperback (January 2013)» View all books by Harry Collins
Much of what we know we cannot say. And much of what we do we cannot describe. For example, how do we know how to ride a bike when we can't explain how we do it? These abilities, which we are unable to articulate, were labeled "tacit knowledge" by chemist and philosopher Michael Polanyi. This book analyzes the term, and the behavior, in detail.
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Author Biography - Harry Collins
Jay A. Labinger is a research chemist and administrator of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology. Harry Collins is a Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science at Cardiff University.
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