9781107604650

The Golem: What You Should Know About Science

  • ISBN 13:

    9781107604650

  • ISBN 10:

    1107604656

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 03/30/2012
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr

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Summary

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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