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An Introduction to Science Studies

An Introduction to Science Studies
The Philosophical and Social Aspects of Science and Technology

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  • Date Published: July 1987
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521346801

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  • The purpose of this book is to give a coherent account of the different perspectives on science and technology that are normally studied under various disciplinary heads such as philosophy of science, sociology of science and science policy. It is intended for students embarking on courses in these subjects and assumes no special knowledge of any science. It is written in a direct and simple style, and technical language is introduced very sparingly. As various perspectives are sketched out in this book, the reader moves towards a consistent conception of contemporary science as a rapidly changing social institution that has already grown out of its traditional forms and plays a central role in society at large. It will appeal to students in a wide range of scientific disciplines and complement well Professor Ziman's earlier books.

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    'Professor Ziman is an excellent guide in these matters … As an introductory map of the terrain, the book is clear and accurate. Each chapter is followed by a carefully chosen but not daunting long annotated reading list.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'Ziman's book is a tour de force … It would make a fine textbook for an introductory course in a science, technology, and society program.' Science

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    • Date Published: July 1987
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521346801
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. 'Academic' science
    2. Research
    3. Validity
    4. Communication
    5. Authority
    6. Rules and norms
    7. Change
    8. The sociology of scientific knowledge
    9. Science and technology
    10. Pure and applied science
    11. Collectivized science
    12. R & D organizations
    13. The economics of research
    14. Science and the State
    15. The scientist in society
    16. Science as a cultural resource
    Index.

  • Author

    John M. Ziman

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