Prometheus Bound: Science in a Dynamic 'Steady State'

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This book is a trenchant analysis of the profound changes that are taking place in the whole scientific enterprise throughout the world. The author does not assume the reader has any technical knowledge of the natural sciences, their history, or politics, and addresses his book to everybody who is concerned about the future of science and its place in society.

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This book is a cool but searching critique of science today. It analyses, for the first time, the profound changes that are taking place in the whole scientific enterprise, throughout the world. The author shows, in simple words, how the competition for bounded resources is forcing science to become much more tightly organised.

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After expanding for centuries, science is reaching its limits to growth. We can no longer afford the ever-increasing cost of exploring ever-wider research opportunities. In the competition for resources, science is becoming much more tightly organized. A radical, pervasive and permanent structural change is taking place. This already affects the whole research system, from everyday laboratory life to the national budget. The scientific enterprise cannot avoid fundamental change, but excessive managerial insistence on accountability, evaluation, 'priority setting', etc. can be very inhospitable to expertise, innovation, criticism and creativity. Can the research system be reshaped without losing many features that have made science so productive? This trenchant analysis of a deep-rooted historical process does not assume any technical knowledge of the natural sciences, or their history, philosophy, sociology, or politics. It is addressed to everybody who is concerned about the future of science and its place in society.

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