399 pages, no illustrations
Aims to open the way to reconciliation in the `science wars' by describing how academic scientists actually undertake research and communicate their findings. It shows that the philosophy, pschology and sociology of science are inextricably entwined, and that `realism' and `relativism' are just two sides of the same coin.
`In sum this is an important book about the practice of science from someone who has been there....must be read by anyone who wants to understand modern science as it is practised.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'! an excellent insight into the social and 'political' structure of the scientific world. Real Science makes interesting reading because it shows that scientific knowledge, rather than providing the idealized, clear and concise description of the world around us, is all too much an evolving product of the human mind.' Peter L. Hordijk and Eloise C. Anthony, Nature Cell Biology 'Any scientist interested in establishing a more constructive dialogue with the science and technology studies community would be well-advised to read these works.' Physics Today '! for anyone wanting a detailed, realistic, well-rounded view of science, Ziman's Real Science is your book.' David L. Hull, Nature '! a well-organised, carefully argued and very readable work.' Uwe Schimank, Research Policy 'Ziman presents such an impeccably-assembled analysis of what exactly science was, is, and is becoming, that reading it brings about that satisfying sense of a mental jigsaw falling into place.' Vanessa Spedding, Science and Public Affairs 'I would strongly recommend this book !'. Scientists for Global Responsibility
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