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Shapin, Steven

Works: 49 works in 212 publications in 10 languages and 7,912 library holdings
Genres: History  Book reviews 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: Q125, 509
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Most widely held works about Steven Shapin
Most widely held works by Steven Shapin
The scientific revolution by Steven Shapin( Book )
41 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 2,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rejecting the notion that there is anything like an "essence" of early modern science, Shapin emphasizes the social practices by which scientific knowledge was produced and the social purposes for which it was intended. He shows how the conduct of science emerged from a wide array of early modern philosophical agendas, political commitments, and religious beliefs. And he treats science not as a set of disembodied ideas, but as historically situated ways of knowing and doing. Shapin argues against traditional views that represent the Scientific Revolution as a coherent, cataclysmic, and once-and-for-all event. Every tendency that has customarily been identified as its modernizing essence was contested by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century practitioners with equal claims to modernity. Experimentalism was both advocated and rejected; mathematical methods were both celebrated and treated with skepticism; mechanical conceptions of nature. 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
The scientific life a moral history of a late modern vocation by Steven Shapin( )
17 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,811 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 )
54 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leviathan and the Air-Pump examines the conflicts over the value and propriety of experimental methods between two major seventeenth-century thinkers: Thomas Hobbes, author of the political treatise Leviathan and vehement critic of systematic experimentation in natural philosophy, and Robert Boyle, mechanical philosopher and owner of the newly invented air-pump. The issues at stake in their disputes ranged from the physical integrity of the air-pump to the intellectual integrity of the knowledge it might yield. Both Boyle and Hobbes were looking for ways of establishing knowledge that did not
A social history of truth : civility and science in seventeenth-century England by Steven Shapin( Book )
18 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 913 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
Natural order : historical studies of scientific culture ( Book )
10 editions published between 1979 and 1993 in English and held by 572 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 )
8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 450 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 )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 435 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 92 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 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wetenschap is cultuur by Simon Schaffer( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in Dutch and held by 21 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
Trust me, I'm a scientist by Pervez Hoodbhoy( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
El Leviathan y la bomba de vacío : Hobbes, Boyle y la vida experimental by Steven Shapin( Book )
4 editions published in 2005 in Spanish and held by 5 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 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Natural order ( Book )
3 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The politics of pure science by Daniel S Greenberg( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 3 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 : histoical studies of scientific culture by Barry Barnes( Book )
1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Den vitenskapelige revolusjonen by Steven Shapin( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in Norwegian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
En historisk beskrivelse af baggrunden for moderne naturvidenskab
Rewolucja naukowa by Steven Shapin( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Testing science by Steven Shapin( Recording )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Harvard history of science professor Steven Shapin assesses whether science really defines how we think, and questions if we actually mean anything when we say "scientific method."
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シェイピン, スティーヴン
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