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The Force of Knowledge - John M. Ziman

The Force of Knowledge

Paperback Published: 22nd August 1977
ISBN: 9780521099172
Number Of Pages: 388

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In this 1976 volume, Professor Ziman paints a broad picture of science, and of its relations to the world in general. He sets the scene by the historical development of scientific research as a profession, the growth of scientific technologies out of the useful arts, the sources of invention and technical innovation, and the advent of Big Science. He then discusses the economics of research and development, the connections between science and war, the nature of science policy and the moral dilemmas of social responsibility in science. Each topic is introduced by reference to easily understandable particular examples, with a large number of illustrations chosen to bring out the concreteness and reality of science as a human activity. Professor Ziman gives a chapter-by-chapter list of suggested topics for oral and written discussion, intended to provoke critical, sceptical attitudes to simplified solutions to real issues, and comments briefly on relevant books and other sources.

Science as a social institution
Which came first: science or technology?
Who was a scientist?
Styles of research
Scientific communication
Authority and influence
From craft to science
Invention, research and industrial innovation
Big science
Paying for science
Science as a cultural import
The sciences of society
Science and war
Science and social need
Questions and answers
Picture sources
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ISBN: 9780521099172
ISBN-10: 052109917X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 22nd August 1977
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.62