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The Golem: What You Should Know About Science

ISBN: 9781107604650 | 1107604656
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Pub. Date: 3/30/2012

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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'.


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