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Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact - T.J. Trenn

Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact

By: Ludwik Fleck, T.J. Trenn (Translator, Editor), Robert K. Merton (Editor), F. Bradley (Translator)

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Published: 1st January 1979
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Originally published in German in 1935, this monograph anticipated solutions to problems of scientific progress, the truth of scientific fact and the role of error in science now associated with the work of Thomas Kuhn and others. Arguing that every scientific concept and theory--including his own--is culturally conditioned, Fleck was appreciably ahead of his time. And as Kuhn observes in his foreword, "Though much has occurred since its publication, it remains a brilliant and largely unexploited resource."
"To many scientists just as to many historians and philosophers of science facts are things that simply are the case: they are discovered through properly passive observation of natural reality. To such views Fleck replies that facts are invented, not discovered. Moreover, the appearance of scientific facts as discovered things is itself a social construction, a "made" thing. A work of transparent brilliance, one of the most significant contributions toward a thoroughly sociological account of scientific knowledge."--Steven Shapin, "Science"

Foreword
Preface
Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact Overview of Contents Prologue
How the Modern Concept of Syphilis Originated Epistemological Conclusions from the Established History of a Concept Established History ofnbsp;a Concept
The Wassermann Reaction and Its Discovery Epistemological Considerations Concerning the History of the Wassermann Reaction Commentary and Annotation Biographical Sketch Descriptive Analysis
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Illustrations
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ISBN: 9780226253251
ISBN-10: 0226253252
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st January 1979
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 15.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Type: New edition