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Rethinking Science by Helga Nowotny
Book DescriptionRe--Thinking Science presents an account of the dynamic relationship between society and science. Despite the mounting evidence of a much closer, interactive relationship between society and science, current debate still seems to turn on the need to maintain a a linea to demarcate them. The view persists that there is a one--way communication flow from science to society -- with scant attention given to the ways in which society communicates with science. The authors argue that changes in society now make such communications both more likely and more numerous, and that this is transforming science not only in its research practices and the institutions that support it but also deep in its epistemological core. To explain these changes, Nowotny, Scott and Gibbons have developed an open, dynamic framework for re--thinking science. The authors conclude that the line which formerly demarcated society from science is regularly transgressed and that the resulting closer interaction of science and society signals the emergence of a new kind of science: contextualized or context--sensitive science. The co--evolution between society and science requires a more or less complete re--thinking of the basis on which a new social contract between science and society might be constructed. In their discussion the authors present some of the elements that would comprise this new social contract.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745626079
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Helga Nowotny
Cunning of Uncertainty, Hardback (October 2015)
Uncertainty is interwoven into human existence. It is a powerful incentive in the search for knowledge and an inherent component of scientific research. We have developed many ways of coping with uncertainty. We make promises, manage risks and make predictions to try to clear the mists and predict ahead.
Insatiable Curiosity, Paperback (September 2010)
An influential scholar in science studies argues that innovation tames the insatiable and limitless curiosity driving science, and that society's acute ambivalence about this is an inevitable legacy of modernity.
After the Breakthrough, Paperback (August 2002)» View all books by Helga Nowotny
Short book on the history and sociology of science surrounding the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity.
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Author Biography - Helga Nowotny
Professor Nowotny is Chair of Social Studies of Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich Professor Scott is Vice--Chancellor and Chief Executive of Kingston University Professor Gibbons is Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities
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