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An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

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Distinctive in its attention to both the underlying philosophical and sociological aspects of science and technology, the second edition of this popular textbook provides students with an up-to-date road map of the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies.

After presenting the broad historical background to the field, the book explores a variety of relevant topics, among them realism and social construction, discourse and rhetoric, objectivity, and the role of experiment and theory. Numerous illustrative examples and empirical studies elucidate such topics as nuclear missile testing, the cold fusion controversy, teaching mathematical physics in the 19th century, digital rights management, pharmaceutical clinical trials, and sick building syndrome. This updated, expanded, and reorganized new edition also now includes new material on political economies of scientific and technological knowledge and the democratization of technical decisions.Praise for first edition

"Sismondo's much-needed book fills a gap left by existing introductions to the field of science and technology studies. It consistently and usefully integrates philosophical concerns with the critical social science perspectives that have dominated the field. It also offers excellent capsule surveys of some of the field's most influential thinkers."

Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University

"This book is a wonderful tool with which to think. It offers an expansive introduction to the field of science studies, a rich exploration of the theoretical terrains it comprises and a sheaf of well-reasoned opinions that will surely inspire argument."

Geoffrey C. Bowker, University of California, San Diego

"Science and technology studies is one of the most important and exciting new interdisciplinary fields in the academy. Sergio Sismondon is to be congratulated for producing an introductory textbook that is authoritative, accessible, and without rival. This book quickly become an indispensable teaching aid."

Trevor Pinch, Cornell University

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405187657
Author:
Sismondo, Sergio
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Technology -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Science, technology, expertise, knowledge, social construction, epistemology, Kuhn, objectivity
Subject:
Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Philosophy of Technology
Subject:
Science, technology, expertise, knowledge, soci
Subject:
al construction, epistemology, Kuhn, objectivity
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091120
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
230.1 x 158.8 x 13.899 mm 13 oz

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Product details 256 pages Wiley-Blackwell - English 9781405187657 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Sergio Sismondo teaches Philosophy and Sociology at Queen's University, Canada. He is the author of Science Without Myth: On Constructions, Reality, and Social Knowledge (1995), The Art of Science (with Boris Castel, 2003), and numerous articles on subjects ranging from computer simulation to pharmaceutical research.
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