Golem What You Should Know about Science

ISBN-10: 1107604656
ISBN-13: 9781107604650
Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)
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Description: Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch liken science to the Golem, a creature from Jewish mythology, powerful yet potentially dangerous, a gentle, helpful creature that may yet run amok at any moment. Through a series of intriguing case studies the authors  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch liken science to the Golem, a creature from Jewish mythology, powerful yet potentially dangerous, a gentle, helpful creature that may yet run amok at any moment. Through a series of intriguing case studies the authors debunk the traditional view that science is the straightforward result of competent theorisation, observation and experimentation. The very well-received first edition generated much debate, reflected in a substantial new Afterword in this second edition, which seeks to place the book in what have become known as 'the science wars'.

Harry Collins is the Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science at Cardiff University, and a fellow of the British Academy.

Introduction: the Golem
Edible knowledge: the chemical transfer of memory
Two experiments that 'proved' the theory of relativity
The sun in a test tube: the story of cold fusion
The germs of dissent: Louis Pasteur and the origins of life
A new window on the universe: the non-detection of gravitational radiation
The sex life of the whiptail lizard
Set the controls for the heart of the sun: the strange story of the missing solar neutrinos
Conclusion: putting the Golem to work
Afterword
References and further reading
Index

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