Technological Development and Science in the Industrial Age

Technological Development and Science in the Industrial Age : New Perspectives on the Science-Technology Relationship

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Historians and philosophers of technology are searching for new approaches to the study of the interaction between science and technology. New conceptual frameworks are necessary since the idea that technology is simply applied science is nothing short of a myth. The papers contained in this volume deal primarily with cognitive and social aspects of the science-technology issue. One of the most salient features of these papers is that they show a major methodological shift in studying the interaction between science and technology. Discussions of the science-technology issue have long been dominated by the demarcartion problem and related semantic issues about the notions `science' and `technology', and the `technology is applied science' thesis. Instead of general `global' interpretation schemes and models of the interaction between science and technology, detailed empirical case studies of cognitive and institutional connections between `science' and `technology' constitute the hard core of this book.
The book will be of interest to philosophers of science, historians and philosophers of technology and science and sociologists of science.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.53mm | 1,260g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1992 ed.
  • VIII, 280 p.
  • 0792318986
  • 9780792318989

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction: Technological Development and Science; P. Kroes, M. Bakker. Engineering Knowledge, Type of Design, and Level of Hierarchy: Further Thoughts about What Engineers Know....; W.G. Vincenti. Escape from the Jail of Shape: Dimensionality and Engineering Science; E.T. Layton, Jr. On the Role of Design in Engineering Theories: Pambour's Theory of the Steam Engine; P. Kroes. The Piecemeal Rationality of Application Oriented Research: an Analysis of the R&D-History Leading to the Invention of the Plumbicon in the Philips Research Laboratories; A. Sarlemijn, M. de Vries. Life in the Slow Lane: Research and Electrical Engineering in Britain, France, and Italy, c.1900; R. Fox, A. Guagnini. Mechanical Engineering in the Netherlands in the Nineteenth Century: Technology without a Professional Community; H. Lintsen, G. van Hooff, G. Verbong. Hybrid Careers and the Interaction of Science and Technology; E. Kranakis. Science and Technology: Who Gets a Say?; J.M. Staudenmaier, S.J. Science and Technology as Dancing Partners; A. Rip. Index.
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