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Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society

Bruno Latour

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ISBN 10: 0335153569 / ISBN 13: 9780335153565
Published by Open University Press, Milton Keynes, 1987
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Pictorial paperback in good condition despite some discolouration and light shelf wear. Contents clean and bright with diagrams and illustrations throughout. pp 274. Bookseller Inventory # 107415

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Title: Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists ...

Publisher: Open University Press, Milton Keynes

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Paper Back

Book Condition: Good

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Science and technology have immense authority and influence in our society, yet their working remains little understood. The conventional perception of science in Western societies has been modified in recent years by the work of philosophers, sociologists and historians of science. In this book Bruno Latour brings together these different approaches to provide a lively and challenging analysis of science, demonstrating how social context and technical content are both essential to a proper understanding of scientific activity. Emphasizing that science can only be understood through its practice, the author examines science and technology in action: the role of scientific literature, the activities of laboratories, the institutional context of science in the modern world, and the means by which inventions and discoveries become accepted. From the study of scientific practice he develops an analysis of science as the building of networks. Throughout, Bruno Latour shows how a lively and realistic picture of science in action alters our conception of not only the natural sciences but also the social sciences and the sociology of knowledge in general.

This stimulating book, drawing on a wealth of examples from a wide range of scientific activities, will interest all philosophers, sociologists and historians of science, scientists and engineers, and students of the philosophy of social science and the sociology of knowledge.

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Bruno Latour is Professor at Sciences Po, Paris, and the 2013 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize.

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