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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'.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the Golem
Edible knowledge: the chemical transfer of memory
Two experiments that 'proved' the theory of relativity
The sun in a test tube: the story of cold fusion
The germs of dissent: Louis Pasteur and the origins of life
A new window on the universe: the non-detection of gravitational radiation
The sex life of the whiptail lizard
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
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