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The Golem: What You Should Know About Science

Harry M. Collins Trevor Pinch



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Cambridge University Press
29 March 2012
History of ideas; Mathematics & Sciences; History of engineering & technology
Series: Canto Classics
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'.
By:   Harry M. Collins, Trevor Pinch
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 139mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781107604650
ISBN 10:   1107604656
Series:   Canto Classics
Pages:   212
Publication Date:   29 March 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: the Golem; 1. Edible knowledge: the chemical transfer of memory; 2. Two experiments that 'proved' the theory of relativity; 3. The sun in a test tube: the story of cold fusion; 4. The germs of dissent: Louis Pasteur and the origins of life; 5. A new window on the universe: the non-detection of gravitational radiation; 6. The sex life of the whiptail lizard; 7. Set the controls for the heart of the sun: the strange story of the missing solar neutrinos; Conclusion: putting the Golem to work; Afterword; References and further reading; Index.

Reviews for The Golem: What You Should Know About Science

'... it succeeds extraordinarily well in this task of portraying and assessing the real fabric of scientific research, based on the insights of modern scholarship.' Bernard Dixon, former Editor, New Scientist

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