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Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science, with a new Preface

 
 
 
 
Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science, with a new Preface
Author: Jan Golinski
ISBN 13: 9780226302317
ISBN 10: 226302318
Edition: 1St Edition
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $38.00
 
 

Arguably the best available introduction to constructivism, a research paradigm that has dominated the history of science for the past forty years, Making Natural Knowledge reflects on the importance of this theory, tells the history of its rise to prominence, and traces its most important tensions.

Viewing scientific knowledge as a product of human culture, Jan Golinski challenges the traditional trajectory of the history of science as steady and autonomous progress. In exploring topics such as the social identity of the scientist, the significance of places where science is practiced, and the roles played by language, instruments, and images, Making Natural Knowledge sheds new light on the relations between science and other cultural domains.

"A standard introduction to historically minded scholars interested in the constructivist programme. In fact, it has been called the 'constructivist's bible' in many a conference corridor."—Matthew Eddy, British Journal for the History of Science