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Prometheus Bound by John M. Ziman
Book DescriptionAfter expanding steadily for centuries, science is reaching its limits to growth. We can no longer afford the ever increasing cost of exploring ever wider research opportunities. In the competition for resources, science is becoming much more tightly organised. A radical, pervasive and permanent structural change is taking place. It already affects the whole research system, from everyday laboratory life to national budgets. The scientific enterprise cannot avoid fundamental change, but excessive managerial insistence on accountability, evaluation, 'priority setting', etc. can be very inhospitable to expertise, innovation, criticism and creativity. Can the research system be reshaped without losing many features that have made science so productive? This trenchant analysis of a deep-rooted historical process does not assume any technical knowledge of the natural sciences, their history, philosophy, sociology or politics. It is addressed to everybody who is concerned about the future of science and its place in society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521019125
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John M. Ziman
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A discussion of the human side of science, originally published in 1981.
Knowing Everything About Nothing, Paperback (January 2010)
In this book John Ziman seeks the answers to crucial questions facing scientists who need to change the direction of their careers.
Teaching and Learning About Science and Society, Paperback (October 2008)
'Science, Technology, and Society' - STS - has become a major educational theme.
Prometheus Bound, Hardback (March 1994)» View all books by John M. Ziman
A searching critique of the structural changes currently taking place in the scientific community, showing that managerial considerations now threaten to crowd out the creative element in science.
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