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MPIDS Kolloquium/BCCN Kolloquium

Tuesday, 24.07.2007 16 c.t.

Understanding the Golem of Science: Recent sociology of Science

by Prof. Dr. Trevor Pinch
from Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Contact person: Marc Timme


Seminarraum Haus 2, 4. Stock (Bunsenstr.)


In this talk I will discuss work in the sociology of science and how it can inform our understanding of science. I will argue that science is underpinned by social processes. What follows from this view of science for the public understanding of science? I will offer the Golem as a way of understanding science as a fallible body of expertise. Throughout the talk I will draw upon examples from physics such as the search for solar neutrinos and examples from the everyday realm such as riding bikes and cooking a cheese souffle. Useful background reading on the Golem can be found in Harry Collins and Trevor PInch, _The Golem: What You Should Know About Science_ (Cambridge: Canto).

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