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Public Knowledge : An Essay Concerning the Social Dimension of Science - J. M. Ziman

Public Knowledge

An Essay Concerning the Social Dimension of Science

Paperback Published: 1st May 1968
ISBN: 9780521095198
Number Of Pages: 168

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In this 1974 book a practising scientist and gifted expositor sets forth an exciting point of view on the nature of science and how it works. Professor Ziman argues that the true goal of all scientific research is to contribute to the consensus of universally accepted knowledge. He explores the philosophical, psychological and sociological consequences of the principle, and explains how, in practice, the consensus is established and how the work of the individual scientist becomes a part of it. The intellectual form of scientific knowledge is determined by the need for the scientist to communicate his findings and to make them acceptable to others. Professor Ziman's essay, being written in plain English, and requiring only the slenderest knowledge of science, can (and should) be read by any educated person; as he says 'all genuine scientific procedures of thought and argument are essentially the same as those of everyday life'.

What is science?
Science and non-science
Scientific method and scientific argument
Education for science
The individual scientist
Community and communications
Institutions and authorities
Summing up
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ISBN: 9780521095198
ISBN-10: 0521095190
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 1st May 1968
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.19

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