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Science in Action

How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society

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$37.00 • £32.95 • €33.95

ISBN 9780674792913

Publication Date: 10/15/1988


288 pages

34 line illustrations, 7 tables


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  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: Opening Pandora’s Black Box
  • I. From Wearer to Stronger Rhetoric
    • 1: Literature
      • A: Controversies
      • B: When controversies flare up the literature becomes technical
      • C: Writing texts that withstand the assaults of a hostile environment
      • Conclusion: Numbers, more numbers
    • 2: Laboratories
      • A: From texts to things: A showdown
      • B: Building up counter-laboratories
      • C: Appealing (to) nature
  • II. From Wear Points to Strongholds
    • 3: Machines
      • Introduction: The quandary of the fact-builder
      • A: Translating interests
      • B: Keeping the interested groups in line
      • C: The model of diffusion versus the model of translation
    • 4: Insiders Out
      • A: Interesting others in the laboratories
      • B: Counting allies and resources
  • III. From Short to Longer Networks
    • 5: Tribunals of Reason
      • A: The trials of rationality
      • B: Sociologics
      • C: Who needs hard facts?
    • 6: Centres of Calculation
      • Prologue: The domestication of the savage mind
      • A: Action at a distance
      • B: Centres of calculation
      • C: Metrologies
  • Appendix 1: Rules of Method
  • Appendix 2: Principles
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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