Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society

Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society

Bruno Latour


Science and know-how have vast authority and impact in our society, but their operating is still little understood. the traditional conception of technology in Western societies has been converted in recent times by way of the paintings of philosophers, sociologists and historians of technological know-how. during this e-book Bruno Latour brings jointly those diversified techniques to supply a full of life and hard research of technological know-how, demonstrating how social context and technical content material are either necessary to a formal knowing of medical job. Emphasizing that technology can purely be understood via its perform, the writer examines technology and expertise in motion: the function of clinical literature, the actions of laboratories, the institutional context of technological know-how within the sleek international, and the potential in which innovations and discoveries turn into permitted. From the examine of medical perform he develops an research of technological know-how because the development of networks. all through, Bruno Latour indicates how a full of life and practical photo of technological know-how in motion alters our perception of not just the average sciences but in addition the social sciences and the sociology of information in general.

This stimulating e-book, drawing on a wealth of examples from a variety of medical actions, will curiosity all philosophers, sociologists and historians of technology, scientists and engineers, and scholars of the philosophy of social technological know-how and the sociology of knowledge.

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