The Golem

The Golem

What Everyone Should Know About Science

eBook - 1998
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Cambridge Univ Pr
Through a series of intriguing case studies including the study of relativity, cold fusion, the "memory" in worms, and the sex life of lizards, this book debunks the view that scientific knowledge is a straightforward outcome of competent theorization, observation, and experimentation. The first edition generated much debate and controversy. This second edition contains a substantial new Afterword that responds to some of the criticisms made by scientists. A distinction is made between the responses of scientific fundamentalists who maintain the myth of scientific certainty and more serious-minded critics. In dialogue with these latter critics The Golem attempts to build an island of reasoned debate between the two cultures. It seeks to replace the "Science Wars" with mutual understanding.
Through a series of case studies, Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch debunk the traditional view that science is the straightforward result of competent theorization, observation and experimentation.

Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998, 1993
Edition: 2nd Canto ed
ISBN: 9780511001093
0511001096
0521356016
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 192 pages)
Additional Contributors: Pinch, Trevor 1952-

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