Are We All Scientific Experts Now?
In this provocative new book Harry Collins seeks to redeem scientific expertise, and reasserts science s special status. Despite the messy realities of day-to-day scientific endeavor, he emphasizes the superior moral qualities of science, dismissing the dubious default expertise displayed by many of those outside the scientific community. Science, he argues, should serve as an example to ordinary citizens of how to think and act, and not the other way round.
- Paperback | 140 pages
- 124 x 182 x 18mm | 180g
- 21 Apr 2014
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 1. Auflage
- black & white halftones, black & white tables
Other books in this series
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05 Jul 2017
31 Mar 2014
28 Sep 2018
About Harry Collins
Table of contents
Introduction: The Growing Crisis of Expertise 1
1 Academics and How the World Feels 17
2 Experts 49
3 Citizen Sceptics 80
4 Citizen Whistle-blowers 103
Conclusion: Are We All Experts Now? 115
LSE Review of Books
"Certainly a book for those who are interested in science and its role in society. For those who are curious about how scientists tackle problems and why they do often have the answers, it should prove illuminating."
Times Higher Education
"This brave, thoughtful little book should be sent to every newspaper editor. Collins doesn't write with Ben Goldacre's righteous anger, but his careful, nuanced scholarship is just as persuasive."
Seamus O'Mahony, Dublin Review of Books
"Masterful new book."
"Brief book with a very high level argument relying a lot on his experience... this kind of nuanced, important thinking about science and expertise is a wonderful gift from Collins that I truly hope we don't squander."
Stark Reality - Todd I. Stark
''I read this short book with admiration - an analysis by a social scientist which (unlike much of that genre) should resonate with most actual researchers.''
Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Former President of the Royal Society
''Packed into a slim polemic that succinctly yet movingly distills years of painstaking research into expertise, Harry Collins delivers an immensely rich book-- a thorough cultural and intellectual analysis of why attitudes towards towards scientific expertise have changed, and why a new view of them needs to be adopted, to preserve society. Readers who are new to Collins's ideas will find come away with a fresh take on explosive controversies, including Climategate and anti-vaccination campaigns. Long time readers of Collins will be amazed at how accessible his technical arguments are and the big impact that's made by seeing them integrated into a gripping, short-form narrative.''
Evan Selinger, Rochester Institute of Technology