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Uncertain Knowledge

Uncertain Knowledge
An Image of Science for a Changing World

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  • Date Published: April 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892629

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  • This book introduces and develops an integrated view of science as a varied human activity rather than an abstract intellectual process, asking significant questions about the nature and limits of scientific knowledge. The author uses a technique of "cognitive play," which creates and explores new links between the ideas and results of contemporary history, philosophy and sociology of science. New ideas and approaches are applied to a wide range of case studies, many of them from controversial and contested science. Historians and sociologists of science, and anyone interested in the history, philosophy and social context of science will find this a fascinating evaluation of controversial and contested science.

    • Introduces key issues in science studies in a non-technical way
    • Exploits current interest in the social context of science
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    "This book is a wide-ranging discussion of the nature and uniqueness of science. ...this book is a useful addition to science studies literature. It should be read as a thought-provoking...treatment of science...." Stephen Zehr, Isis

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892629
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 184 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Nature of Science:
    2. Levels of cognitive activity
    3. Facts in frameworks
    4. Rationality, irrationality and relativism
    5. Knowledge and reality
    6. A new account of the scientific process
    Part II. Does Science Have Distinctive Qualities?:
    7. What, if anything, is distinctive about science?
    8. How is good science distinguished from bad science?
    9. A theory of the pathologies of science
    Part III. Changing Science in a Changing World?:
    10. What are acceptable variations of present science?
    11. And in the long term?

  • Author

    R. G. A. Dolby, University of Kent, Canterbury

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