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The Golem: What You Should Know About Science

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9781107604650

ISBN10:
1107604656
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/30/2012
Publisher(s):
Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

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
Afterword
References and further reading
Index
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