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The Sociology of Science : Theoretical and Empirical Investigations - Robert K. Merton

The Sociology of Science

Theoretical and Empirical Investigations

Paperback Published: 1st January 1973
ISBN: 9780226520926
Number Of Pages: 636

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"The exploration of the social conditions that facilitate or retard the search for scientific knowledge has been the major theme of Robert K. Merton's work for forty years. This collection of papers is] a fascinating overview of this sustained inquiry. . . . There are very few other books in sociology . . . with such meticulous scholarship, or so elegant a style. This collection of papers is, and is likely to remain for a long time, one of the most important books in sociology."--Joseph Ben-David, "New York Times Book Review"
"The novelty of the approach, the erudition and elegance, and the unusual breadth of vision make this volume one of the most important contributions to sociology in general and to the sociology of science in particular. . . . Merton's Sociology of Science is a magisterial summary of the field."--Yehuda Elkana, "American Journal of Sociology"
"Merton's work provides a rich feast for any scientist concerned for a genuine understanding of his own professional self. And Merton's industry, integrity, and humility are permanent witnesses to that ethos which he has done so much to define and support."--J. R. Ravetz, "American Scientist"
"The essays not only exhibit a diverse and penetrating analysis and a deal of historical and contemporary examples, with concrete numerical data, but also make genuinely good reading because of the wit, the liveliness and the rich learning with which Merton writes."--Philip Morrison, "Scientific American"
"Merton's impact on sociology as a whole has been large, and his impact on the sociology of science has been so momentous that the title of the book is apt, because Merton's writings represent modern sociology of science more than any other single writer."--Richard McClintock, "Contemporary Sociology

Author's Preface
The Sociology of Knowledge
Prefatory Note
Paradigm for the Sociology of Knowledge
Znaniecki's Social Role of the Man of Knowledge
Social Conflict over Styles of Sociological Work
Technical and Moral Dimensions of Policy Research
The Perspectives of Insiders and Outsiders
The Sociology of Scientific KnowledgePrefatory Note
Sorokin's Formulations in the Sociology of Science
Social and Cultural Contexts of Science
Changing Foci of Interest in the Sciences and Technology
Interactions of Science and Military Technique
The Neglect of the Sociology of Science
The Normative Structure of SciencePrefatory Note
The Puritan Spur to Science
Science and the Social Order
The Normative Structure of Science
The Reward System of SciencePrefatory Note
Priorities in Scientific Discovery
Behavior Patterns of Scientists
Singletons and Multiples in Science
Multiple Discoveries as Strategic Research Site
The Ambivalence of Scientists
The Processes of Evaluation in SciencePrefatory Note
Recognition and Excellence: Instructive Ambiguities
The Matthew Effect in Science
Institutionalized Patterns of Evaluation in Science
Age, Aging, and Age Structure in Science
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
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ISBN: 9780226520926
ISBN-10: 0226520927
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 636
Published: 1st January 1973
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 15.27  x 3.35
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Type: New edition

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