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Shapin, Steven

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Works: 63 works in 210 publications in 9 languages and 8,052 library holdings
Genres: History  Book reviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: Q125, 509
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Most widely held works by Steven Shapin
The scientific revolution by Steven Shapin( Book )

45 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 9 languages and held by 1,635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Were seen both as defining proper science and as limited in their intelligibility and application; and the role of experience in making scientific knowledge was treated in radically different ways. Yet Shapin points to the many ways that contested legacy is nevertheless rightly understood as the origin of modern science, its problems as well as its acknowledged achievements
A social history of truth : civility and science in seventeenth-century England by Steven Shapin( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shapin explains how gentlemen-philosophers resolved varying testimony about such phemonema as comets, icebergs, and the pressure of water by bringing to bear practical social knowledge and standards of decorum. For instance, while "vulgar" divers reported they experienced no crushing pressure no matter how deep into the sea they dived, gentlemen-philosophers preferred the evidence of crushed pewter bottles. Shapin uses richly detailed historical narrative to make a powerful argument about the establishment of factual knowledge both in science and in everyday practice. Accounts of the mores and manners of gentlemen-philosophers illustrate Shapin's broad claim that trust is imperative for constituting every kind of knowledge. Knowledge-making is always a collective enterprise: people have to know whom to trust in order to know something about the natural world
The scientific life : a moral history of a late modern vocation by Steven Shapin( Book )

22 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this brilliant book Shapin takes us from celebration and criticism to description and understanding of one of the most important phenomena of the twentieth century-the creation of technical novelties. Richly paradoxical and entertaining, The Scientific Life contrasts the evidence-free moralizing of the cultural critics and early sociologists of science with the often insightful analyses of the despised industrial researchers. He shows that when adequately described the worlds of technoscientific research and venture capital are not the soulless, routinized, bureaucratic antithesis of the academic ideal, but ones where the necessary uncertainties of innovation are dealt with using face-time, trust, charisma, and even proverbs, things our narratives mistakenly consign to a pre-modern era. This is a book where the doers get their due and the contemplators their comeuppance; where the quotidian is richer than the transcendent."--David Edgerton, author of The Shock of the Old -- Book jacket
Leviathan and the air-pump : Hobbes, Boyle, and the experimental life : including a translation of Thomas Hobbes, Dialogus physicus de natura aeris by Simon Schaffer by Steven Shapin( Book )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the aftermath of the English Civil War, as people were groping for new forms of political order, Robert Boyle built an air-pump to do experiments. Does the story of Roundheads and Restoration have something to do with the origins of experimental science? Schaffer and Shapin believed it does. Focusing on the debates between Boyle and his archcritic Thomas Hobbes over the air-pump, the authors proposed that 'solutions to the problem of knowledge are solutions to the problem of social order'. Both Boyle and Hobbes were looking for ways of establishing knowledge that did not decay into ad hominem attacks and political division. Boyle proposed the experiment as cure. He argued that facts should be manufactured by machines like the air-pump so that gentlemen could witness the experiments and produce knowledge that everyone agreed on. Hobbes, by contrast, looked for natural law and viewed experiments as the artificial, unreliable products of an exclusive guild. The new approaches taken in Leviathan and the Air-Pump have been enormously influential on historical studies of science. Shapin and Schaffer found a moment of scientific revolution and showed how key scientific givens - facts, interpretations, experiment, truth - were fundamental to a new political order. Shapin and Schaffer were also innovative in their ethnographic approach. Attempting to understand the work habits, rituals, and social structures of a remote, unfamiliar group, they argued that politics were tied up in what scientists did, rather than what they said
Natural order : historical studies of scientific culture( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 1993 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Never pure : historical studies of science as if it was produced by people with bodies, situated in time, space, culture, and society, and struggling for credibility and authority by Steven Shapin( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steven Shapin argues that science, for all its immense authority and power, is and always has been a human endeavor, subject to human capacities and limits. Put simply, science has never been pure. To be human is to err, and we understand science better when we recognize it as the laborious achievement of fallible, imperfect, and historically situated human beings. Shapin's essays collected here include reflections on the historical relationships between science and common sense, between science and modernity, and between science and the moral order. They explore the relevance of physical and social settings in the making of scientific knowledge, the methods appropriate to understanding science historically, dietetics as a compelling site for historical inquiry, the identity of those who have made scientific knowledge, and the means by which science has acquired credibility and authority. This wide-ranging and intensely interdisciplinary collection by one of the most distinguished historians and sociologists of science represents some of the leading edges of change in the scholarly understanding of science over the past several decades
Science incarnate : historical embodiments of natural knowledge( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leviathan et la pompe à air : Hobbes et Boyle entre science et politique by Steven Shapin( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in French and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une histoire sociale de la vérité science et mondanité dans l'Angleterre du XVIIe siècle by Steven Shapin( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Li wei tan yu kong qi beng pu : Huo bu si, Bo yi er yu shi yan sheng huo by Xie Ping( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in Chinese and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ke xue ge ming : yi duan bu cun zai de li shi by Xieping( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Chinese and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wetenschap is cultuur by Simon Schaffer( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in Dutch and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artikelen over onderwerpen en figuren uit de geschiedenis van de (natuur)wetenschap
Mars Hill audio journal 113 January/February 2012( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il Leviatano e la pompa ad aria : Hobbes, Boyle e la cultura dell' esperimento by Steven Shapin( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in Italian and English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El Leviathan y la bomba de vacío by Steven Shapin( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in Spanish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trust me, I'm a scientist by Pervez Hoodbhoy( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science, culture( )

in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The politics of pure science by Daniel S Greenberg( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An inquiry into the developing relationship between science and government in the U.S., including analyses of such specific projects as MOHOLE and the high energy accelerator for MURA
Natural Order( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zhen li de she hui shi : 17 shi ji Yingguo de wen ming yu ke xue = A social history of truth by Steven Shapin( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in Chinese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The scientific revolution
Alternative Names
Sheĭpin, Stiven

Steven Shapin Amerikaans historicus

Steven Shapin historien et sociologue des sciences américain

Steven Shapin US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftshistoriker und -soziologe

Στήβεν Σέιπιν

استیون شیپین تاریخ‌نگار آمریکایی

스티븐 샤핀

シェイピン, スティーヴン

史蒂文·謝平

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A social history of truth : civility and science in seventeenth-century EnglandThe scientific life : a moral history of a late modern vocationLeviathan and the air-pump : Hobbes, Boyle, and the experimental life : including a translation of Thomas Hobbes, Dialogus physicus de natura aeris by Simon SchafferNever pure : historical studies of science as if it was produced by people with bodies, situated in time, space, culture, and society, and struggling for credibility and authorityScience incarnate : historical embodiments of natural knowledgeThe politics of pure science