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Insatiable Curiosity : Innovation in a Fragile Future - Helga Nowotny

Insatiable Curiosity

Innovation in a Fragile Future

By: Helga Nowotny, Mitch Cohen (Translator)

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Published: 13th August 2010
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Curiosity is the main driving force behind scientific activity. Scientific curiosity, insatiable in its explorations, does not know what it will find, or where it will lead. Science needs autonomy to cultivate this kind of untrammeled curiosity; innovation, however, responds to the needs and desires of society. Innovation, argues influential European science studies scholar Helga Nowotny, tames the passion of science, harnessing it to produce "deliverables." Science brings uncertainties; innovation successfully copes with them. Society calls for both the passion for knowledge and its taming. This ambivalence, Nowotny contends, is an inevitable result of modernity. In "Insatiable Curiosity, " Nowotny explores the strands of the often unexpected intertwining of science and technology and society. Uncertainty arises, she writes, from an oversupply of knowledge. The quest for innovation is society's response to the uncertainties that come with scientific and technological achievement. Our dilemma is how to balance the immense but unpredictable potential of science and technology with our acknowledgment that not everything that can be done should be done. We can escape the old polarities of utopias and dystopias, writes Nowotny, by accepting our ambivalence--as a legacy of modernism and a positive cultural resource.

With this slim volume, Nowotny invites us to contemplate 'innovation in a fragile future' and provides the means and occasion for doing so.... The invitation is timely, welcome, and consequential.

-Science
Helga Nowotny is not only la grande dame of science studies in Europe, she is also one of the most savvy and influential people in European research affairs.... It seems regrettable that this essay from a leading European science-policy figure has not been published in English.

-Hubert S. Markl, Nature * Reviews *
With this slim volume, Nowotny invites us to contemplate 'innovation in a fragile future' and provides the means and occasion for doing so.... The invitation is timely, welcome, and consequential.

-Science * Reviews *

The Emergence of the Newp. 1
Paths of Curiosityp. 51
Innovation in a Fragile Futurep. 103
Epilogue: Why We Must Remain Modernp. 143
Notesp. 169
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ISBN: 9780262515108
ISBN-10: 0262515105
Series: Inside Technology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 13th August 2010
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.24