An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies by Sergio Sismondo

By Sergio Sismondo

An creation to technological know-how and know-how experiences, moment Edition displays the newest advances within the box whereas carrying on with to supply scholars with a highway map to the complicated interdisciplinary terrain of technology and expertise reports.

  • Distinctive in its consciousness to either the underlying philosophical and sociological facets of technological know-how and technology
  • Explores center issues corresponding to realism and social building, discourse and rhetoric, objectivity, and the general public knowing of science  
  • Includes a number of empirical reviews and illustrative examples to clarify the themes discussed
  • Now comprises new fabric on  political economies of clinical and technological wisdom, and democratizing technical decisions
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Clearly scientists tend to form elite groupings. Are these groupings the tip of a merit-based iceberg, or are they artifacts of systems of prestige gone awry? Is the knowledge for which elites are recognized intrinsically and objectively valuable, or does it become so because of its association with elites? The renaissance philosopher Francis Bacon thought that the inductive method he had set out for science would level the differences among intellectual abilities and allow science to be industrialized.

Turner and Chubin’s alternative policy recommendations would be aimed at leveling playing fields, reducing the effects of prestige and old-boys networks. The disagreement turns on the question of how accurate science’s system of recognition is, a question that is difficult to answer. One might also raise very different questions about where and how science identifies value. Both the Coles and Turner and Chubin seem to assume that scientific publications are the only significant locus of scientific value.

Held hearings in 1981 in response to a rash of allegations of fraud at prominent institutions, and Congressman John Dingell held a series of hearings, starting in 1988, that featured “the Baltimore case” (Kevles 1998). David Baltimore was a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who became entangled in accusations against one of his co-authors on a 1986 publication. The events became “the Baltimore case” because he was the most prominent of the scientific actors, and because he persistently and sometimes pugnaciously defended the accused researcher, Thereza Imanishi-Kari.

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