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The Golem
What You Should Know About Science

2nd Edition


Part of Canto Classics

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107604650

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About the Authors
  • 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'.

    • Second edition of a very well received title
    • Original edition generated much controversy, debate and publicity, addressed in this new edition
    • Demystifies science and is highly readable on complex subjects
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… it succeeds extraordinarily well in this task of portraying and assessing the real fabric of scientific research, based on the insights of modern scholarship.' Bernard Dixon, former Editor, New Scientist

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107604650
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 139 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Authors

    Harry M. Collins

    Trevor Pinch

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