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Collins, H. M. (Harry M.) 1943-

Overview
Works: 100 works in 462 publications in 10 languages and 22,615 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Attributed name, Photographer
Classifications: Q125, 500
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by H. M Collins
The golem : what everyone should know about science by H. M Collins( Book )

34 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book on quirks of science
Artificial experts : social knowledge and intelligent machines by H. M Collins( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Changing order : replication and induction in scientific practice by H. M Collins( Book )

29 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Golem : how to think about medicine by H. M Collins( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors explore some mysteries of medicine while untangling the conundrums of scientific research and highlighting its vagaries. Driven by the question of what to do in the face of the fallibility of medicine, the book encourages a more inquisitive attitude toward the accounts offered by medical science
Rethinking expertise by H. M Collins( Book )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rethinking Expertise will be of interest to scientists and scholars in science studies but will also have implications for decision makers and experts across many fields - in technology, education, sociology, legal studies, psychology, philosophy, computer engineering, and business."--Jacket
Gravity's shadow : the search for gravitational waves by H. M Collins( Book )

15 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to the theory of relativity, we are constantly bathed in gravitational radiation. When stars explode or collide, a portion of their mass becomes energy that disturbs the very fabric of the space-time continuum like ripples in a pond. But proving the existence of these waves has been difficult; the cosmic shudders are so weak that only the most sensitive instruments can be expected to observe them directly. Fifteen times during the last thirty years scientists have claimed to have detected gravitational waves, but so far none of those claims have survived the scrutiny of the scientifi
The golem : what you should know about science by H. M Collins( Book )

32 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the Golem? In Jewish mythology the Golem is an effigy or image brought to life. While not evil, it is a strong, clumsy, and incomplete servant. Through a series of case studies, ranging from relativity and cold fusion to memory in worms and the sex lives of lizards, Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch debunk the traditional view that science is the straightforward result of competent theorisation, observation and experimentation and show that scientific certainty is the interpretation of ambiguous results."
Tacit and explicit knowledge by H. M Collins( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much of what humans know we cannot say. And much of what we do we cannot describe. For example, how do we know how to ride a bike when we can't explain how we do it? Abilities like this were called 'tacit knowledge' by physical chemist and philosopher Michael Polanyi, but here Harry Collins analyzes the term, and the behavior, in much greater detail, often departing from Polanyi's treatment. In Tacit and Explicit Knowledge, Collins develops a common conceptual language to bridge the concept's disparate domains by explaining explicit knowledge and classifying tacit knowledge. Collins then teases apart the three very different meanings, which, until now, all fell under the umbrella of Polanyi's term: relational tacit knowledge (things we could describe in principle if someone put effort into describing them), somatic tacit knowledge (things our bodies can do but we cannot describe how, like balancing on a bike), and collective tacit knowledge (knowledge we draw that is the property of society, such as the rules for language). Thus, bicycle riding consists of some somatic tacit knowledge and some collective tacit knowledge, such as the knowledge that allows us to navigate in traffic. The intermixing of the three kinds of tacit knowledge has led to confusion in the past; Collins's book will at last unravel the complexities of the idea. Tacit knowledge drives everything from language, science, education, and management to sport, bicycle riding, art, and our interaction with technology. In Collins's able hands, it also functions at last as a framework for understanding human behavior in a range of disciplines."--Provided by publisher
The one culture? : a conversation about science by H. M Collins( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science -- Social aspects., Science and state., Science -- Philosophy
Gravity's ghost : scientific discovery in the twenty-first century by H. M Collins( Book )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, Collins reveals that scientific discovery and nondiscovery turn on scientific traditions and rivalries. that secure statistical analysis rests on impossible procedures and unattainable knowledge, and that fact in one place is baseless assumption in another. He also argues that sciences like gravitational wave detection, in exemplifying how the intractable is to be handled, can offer scientific leadership a moral beacon for the twenty-first century. In the end, Gravity's Ghost is a dramatic scientific mystery with a completely unexpected conclusion. --Book Jacket
Frames of meaning : the social construction of extraordinary science by H. M Collins( Book )

18 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shape of actions : what humans and machines can do by H. M Collins( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What can humans do? What can machines do? How do humans delegate actions to machines? In this book, Harry Collins and Martin Kusch combine insights from sociology and philosophy to provide a novel answer to these increasingly important questions. The authors begin by distinguishing between two basic types of intentional behavior, which they call polimorphic actions and mimeomorphic actions. Polimorphic actions (such as writing a love letter) are ones that community members expect to vary with social context. Mimeomorphic actions (such a swinging a golf club) do not vary. Although machines cannot act, they can mimic mimeomorphic actions. Mimeomorphic actions are thus the crucial link between what humans can do and what machines can do. -- Publisher description
Are we all scientific experts now? by H. M Collins( Book )

13 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this provocative new book Harry Collins seeks to redeem scientific expertise, and reasserts science's special status. Despite the messy realities of day-to-day scientific endeavour, he emphasizes the superior moral qualities of science, dismissing the dubious 'default' expertise displayed by many of those outside the scientific community."--Page 4 of cover
Tout ce que vous devriez savoir sur la science by H. M Collins( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un essai sur la vraie nature de la science contemporaine et ses enjeux, à partir des études les plus novatrices de la sociologie des sciences. La science y est représentée métaphoriquement par le golem, "une créature de la mythologie juive que l'homme façonne avec de l'argile et de l'eau en proférant des incantations et des formules cabalistiques". Chaque chapitre est indépendant et décrit une facette de la science: les preuves de la théorie de la relativité, la fusion froide, le rayonnement gravitationnel, les neutrinos solaires manquants, etc
Gravity's kiss : the detection of gravitational waves by H. M Collins( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientists have been trying to confirm the existence of gravitational waves for fifty years. Then, in September 2015, came a "very interesting event" (as the cautious subject line in a physicist's email read) that proved to be the first detection of gravitational waves. In Gravity's Kiss, Harry Collins -- who has been watching the science of gravitational wave detection for forty-three of those fifty years and has written three previous books about it -- offers a final, fascinating account, written in real time, of the unfolding of one of the most remarkable scientific discoveries ever made. Predicted by Einstein in his theory of general relativity, gravitational waves carry energy from the collision or explosion of stars. Dying binary stars, for example, rotate faster and faster around each other until they merge, emitting a burst of gravitational waves. It is only with the development of extraordinarily sensitive, highly sophisticated detectors that physicists can now confirm Einstein's prediction. This is the story that Collins tells. Collins, a sociologist of science who has been embedded in the gravitational wave community since 1972, traces the detection, the analysis, the confirmation, and the public presentation and the reception of the discovery -- from the first email to the final published paper and the response of professionals and the public. Collins shows that science today is collaborative, far-flung (with the physical location of the participants hardly mattering), and sometimes secretive, but still one of the few institutions that has integrity built into it
Bad call : technology's attack on referees and umpires and how to fix it by H. M Collins( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How technologies can get it wrong in sports, and what the consequences are -- referees undermined, fans heartbroken, and the illusion of perfect accuracy maintained
Experts artificiels : machines intelligentes et savoir social by H. M Collins( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in French and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sociology of scientific knowledge : a source book( Book )

8 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why democracies need science by H. M Collins( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We live in times of increasing public distrust of the main institutions of modern society. Experts, including scientists, are suspected of working to hidden agendas or serving vested interests. The solution is usually seen as more public scrutiny and more control by democratic institutions experts must be subservient to social and political life. In this book, Harry Collins and Robert Evans take a radically different view. They argue that, rather than democracies needing to be protected from science, democratic societies need to learn how to value science in this new age of uncertainty. By emphasizing that science is a moral enterprise, guided by values that should matter to all, they show how science can support democracy without destroying it and propose a new institution The Owls that can mediate between science and society and improve technological decision-making for the benefit of all
 
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The golem : what everyone should know about science
Alternative Names
Collins, H. M.

Collins, H.M. 1943-

Collins, Harry.

Collins, Harry 1943-

Collins, Harry M.

Collins, Harry M. 1943-

Harry Collins Brits socioloog

Harry Collins sociologue des sciences britannique

Хари Колинс

هری کالینز

콜린스, 해리 1943-

コリンズ, H.

コリンズ, ハリー

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Artificial experts : social knowledge and intelligent machinesChanging order : replication and induction in scientific practiceDr. Golem : how to think about medicineRethinking expertiseGravity's shadow : the search for gravitational wavesThe golem : what you should know about scienceTacit and explicit knowledgeThe one culture? : a conversation about science