An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

By (author) Sergio Sismondo

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An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies, Second Edition reflects the latest advances in the field while continuing to provide students with a road map to the complex interdisciplinary terrain of science and technology studies. * Distinctive in its attention to both the underlying philosophical and sociological aspects of science and technology* Explores core topics such as realism and social construction, discourse and rhetoric, objectivity, and the public understanding of science * Includes numerous empirical studies and illustrative examples to elucidate the topics discussed* Now includes new material on political economies of scientific and technological knowledge, and democratizing technical decisions* Other features of the new edition include improved readability, updated references, chapter reorganization, and more material on medicine and technology

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • 06 Nov 2009
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1405187654
  • 9781405187657
  • 183,396

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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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Praise for first edition "For an introduction to science and technology studies, one cannot find a better book. Sismondo sets a high standard for clarity of writing for books aimed at university students. The important historical background blends well with the underlying philosophical and sociological concepts. Extremely important to all readers are the boxed-text case studies, definitions, and examples that permeate and intelligently adorn every chapte. The index and references immensely help readers desiring to learn more." (Choice, November 2003) "Carefully argued and well balanced...topics are handled with a clarity and lightness... overall impression...of a field with solid foundations that is looking to the future." (ISIS)

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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.

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