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 expertise have huge authority and effect in our society, but their operating is still little understood. the traditional notion of technology in Western societies has been converted in recent times via the paintings of philosophers, sociologists and historians of technology. during this booklet Bruno Latour brings jointly those various methods to supply a full of life and not easy research of technological know-how, demonstrating how social context and technical content material are either necessary to a formal figuring out of clinical job. Emphasizing that technological know-how can merely be understood via its perform, the writer examines technological know-how and expertise in motion: the function of medical literature, the actions of laboratories, the institutional context of technology within the sleek international, and the capacity through which innovations and discoveries turn into accredited. From the learn of medical perform he develops an research of technological know-how because the development of networks. all through, Bruno Latour exhibits how a full of life and reasonable photo of technology in motion alters our notion of not just the common sciences but in addition the social sciences and the sociology of data in general.

This stimulating publication, 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 technology and the sociology of knowledge.

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