Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Science in the Context of Application

Editors: Carrier, Martin, Nordmann, Alfred (Eds.)

  • Assesses the changing conditions of scientific research
  • First work by historians and social scientists to determine the role and goals of present day 'science'
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We increasingly view the world around us as a product of science and technology. Accordingly, we have begun to appreciate that science does not take its problems only from nature and then produces technological applications, but that the very problems of scientific research themselves are generated by science and technology. Simultaneously, problems like global warming, the toxicology of nanoparticles, or the use of renewable energies are constituted by many factors that interact with great complexity. Science in the context of application is challenged to gain new understanding and control of such complexity—it cannot seek shelter in the ivory tower or simply pursue its internal quest for understanding and gradual improvement of grand theories. Science in the Context of Application will identify, explore and assess these changes. Part I considers the "Changing Conditions of Scientific Research" and part II "Science, Values, and Society". Examples are drawn from pharmaceutical research, the information sciences, simulation modelling, nanotechnology, cancer research, the effects of commercialization, and many other fields. The book assembles papers from well-known European and American Science Studies scholars like Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Janet Kourany, Michael Mahoney, Margaret Morrison, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Arie Rip, Dan Sarewitz, Peter Weingart, and others. The individual chapters are written to address anyone who is concerned about the role of contemporary science in society, including scientists, philosophers, and policy makers.

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“This is a weighty book in its ambition … and in the quality of thought that the articles convey. … this volume deserves careful reading by all those interested in modern science. … the book concentrates on three areas – information technology (including the problems of making silicon chips), biotechnology, and nanotechnology – each of which is closely related to chemistry.” (Robert Bud, AMBIX, Vol. 59 (3), November, 2012)


Table of contents (27 chapters)

  • Science in the Context of Application: Methodological Change, Conceptual Transformation, Cultural Reorientation

    Carrier, Martin (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Knowledge, Politics, and Commerce: Science Under the Pressure of Practice

    Carrier, Martin

    Pages 11-30

  • Between the Pure and Applied: The Search for the Elusive Middle Ground

    Morrison, Margaret

    Pages 31-45

  • Science in the Context of Industrial Application: The Case of the Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium

    Vries, Marc J.

    Pages 47-66

  • Multi-Level Complexities in Technological Development: Competing Strategies for Drug Discovery

    Adam, Matthias

    Pages 67-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science in the Context of Application
Editors
  • Martin Carrier
  • Alfred Nordmann
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
274
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9051-5
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9051-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9050-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3427-2
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 492
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