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Nowotny, Helga

Works: 121 works in 510 publications in 6 languages and 8,957 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Other, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: Q175.5, 303.483
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Most widely held works by Helga Nowotny
Time : the modern and postmodern experience by Helga Nowotny( Book )

45 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book represents a major contribution to the understanding of time, giving particular attention to time in relation to modernity. The development of industrialism, the author points out, was based upon a linear and abstract conception of time. Today we see that form of production, and the social institutions associated with it, supplanted by flexible specialization and just-in-time production systems. New information and communication technologies have made a fundamental impact here. But what does all this mean for temporal regimes? How can we understand the transformations of time and space involved in the bewildering variety of options on offer in a postmodern world? The author provides an incisive analysis of the temporal implications of modern communications. She considers the implications of worldwide simultaneous experience, made possible by satellite technologies, and considers the reorganization of time involved in the continuous technological innovation that marks our era. In this puzzling universe of action, how does one achieve 'a time of one's own'? The discovery of a specific time perspective centred in the individual, she shows, expresses a yearning for forms of experience that are subversive of established institutional patterns. This brilliant study, which has already become a classic in Germany, will be of interest to students and professionals working in the areas of social theory, sociology, politics and anthropology
Re-thinking science : knowledge and the public in an age of uncertainty by Helga Nowotny( Book )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Portuguese and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Re-Thinking Science presents an account of the dynamic relationship between society and science. Despite the mounting evidence of a much closer, interactive relationship between society and science, current debate still seems to turn on the need to maintain a 'line' to demarcate them. The view persists that there is a one-way communication flow from science to society - with scant attention given to the ways in which society communicates with science. The authors argue that changes in society now make such communications both more likely and more numerous, and that this is transforming science not only in its research practices and the institutions that support it but also deep in its epistemological core. To explain these changes, Nowotny, Scott and Gibbons have developed an open, dynamic framework for re-thinking science. The authors conclude that the line which formerly demarcated society from science is regularly transgressed and that the resulting closer interaction of science and society signals the emergence of a new kind of science: contextualized or context-sensitive science. The co-evolution between society and science requires a more or less complete re-thinking of the basis on which a new social contract between science and society might be constructed. In their discussion the authors present some of the elements that would comprise this new social contract
Counter-movements in the sciences : the sociology of the alternatives to big science by Helga Nowotny( Book )

14 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Naked genes : reinventing the human in the molecular age by Helga Nowotny( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The molecular life sciences are making visible what was once invisible. Yet the more we learn about our own biology, the less we are able to fit this knowledge into an integrated whole. Life is divided into new sub-units and reassembled into new forms: from genes to clones, from embryonic stages to the building-blocks of synthetic biology. Extracted from their scientific and social contexts, these new entities become not only visible but indeed "naked": ready to assume an essential status of their own and take on multiple values and meanings as they pass from labs to courts, from patent offices to parliaments and back. In Naked Genes, leading science scholar Helga Nowotny and molecular biologist Giuseppe Testa examine the interaction between these dramatic advances in the life sciences and equally dramatic political reconfigurations of our societies. They bring wit and freshness of perspective to ongoing debates over topics ranging from assisted reproduction and personalized medicine to genetic sports doping, revealing both surprising continuities and radical discontinuities between the latest advances in the life sciences and long-standing human traditions. The task of institutions in the molecular age, they argue, is to make a pluralistic society possible by carving a legitimate free space that allows experimentation with new forms of biological life as well as with new forms of social life
Insatiable curiosity : innovation in a fragile future by Helga Nowotny( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and German and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Insatiable Curiosity, Nowotny explores the strands of the often unexpected intertwining of science and technology and society. Uncertainty arises, she writes, from an oversupply of knowledge. The quest for innovation is society's response to the uncertainties that come with scientific and technological achievement. Our dilemma is how to balance the immense but unpredictable potential of science and technology with our acknowledgment that not everything that can be done should be done. We can escape the old polarities of utopias and dystopias, writes Nowotny, by accepting our ambivalence - as a legacy of modernism and a positive cultural resource."--Jacket
Nineteen eighty-four : science between utopia and dystopia by Everett Mendelsohn( Book )

9 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the breakthrough : the emergence of high-temperature superconductivity as a research field by Helga Nowotny( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and French and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors analyze the emergence of this new research field and the way its development was shaped by scientists and science policy makers. They also examine the various institutional and national settings in which the research was undertaken as well as considering the scientific backgrounds and motivations of researchers who entered the field following the original discovery. The industrial connection and the general belief in promises about potential future applications were important elements in strategies devised to obtain funding. A remarkable factor in this process was the role played by the media. The sustained attention that followed the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity resulted in it being seen as the symbol of a new technological frontier
The Changing face of welfare by Helga Nowotny( Book )

7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The public nature of science under assault : politics, markets, science and the law by Helga Nowotny( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It discusses their normative content as well as the responses and inherent limitations of the law in meeting these challenges."--BOOK JACKET
Selforganization : portrait of a scientific revolution by Wolfgang Krohn( Book )

11 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

May be complex without being able to be replaced by something {raquo}still more simple{laquo}. This became evident with the help of computer models of deterministic-recursive systems in which simple mathematical equation systems provide an extremely complex behavior. (2) Irregularity of nature is not treated as an anomaly but becomes the focus of research and thus is declared to be normal. One looks for regularity within irregularity. Non-equilibrium processes are recognized as the source of order and the search for equilibrium is replaced by the search for the dynamics of processes. (3) The classical system-environment model, according to which the adaptation of a system to its environment is controlled externally and according to which the adaptation of the system occurs in the course of a learning process, is replaced by a model of systemic closure. This closure is operational in so far as the effects produced by the system are the causes for the maintenance of systemic organization. If there is sufficient complexity, the systems perform internal self-observation and exert self-control ({raquo}Cognition{laquo} as understood by Maturana as self-perception and self-limitation, e. g., that of a cell vis-a.-vis its environment). 22 But any information a system provides on its environment is a system-internal construct. The {raquo}reference to the other{laquo} is merely a special case of {raquo}self-reference{laquo}. The social sciences frequently have suffered from the careless way in which scientific ideas and models have been transferred
Social studies of science and technology : looking back, ahead by Bernward Joerges( Book )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume brings together contributions that resemble spotlights thrown on the past twenty-five years of science and technology studies. The contributions cover a broad range: history of science; science and politics; science and contemporary democracy; science and the public; science and the constitution; science and metaphors; and science and modernity. The contributors provide a critical overview of how the field of science and technology studies has emerged and developed. While assessing major achievements and potential, they also cast a critical view on deficiencies; provide a diagnosis of where we stand at present and articulate thoughtful concerns about where to go from here. The 2002 Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook provides ideal teaching material for discussion in class. Social Studies of Science and Technology: Looking Back, Ahead is for practising professionals and students in social studies of science and technology. It is also relevant to social scientists who realize the importance of science and technology in contemporary society and to natural scientists who want to find out what this field has to offer
Cultures of technology and the quest for innovation( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Underlying the current dynamics of technological developments, their divergence or convergence and the abundance of options, promises and risks they contain, is the quest for innovation, the contributors to this volume argue. This is the ninth volume in the 'Making Sense of History' series
In search of usable knowledge by Helga Nowotny( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cunning of uncertainty by Helga Nowotny( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncertainty is interwoven into human existence. It is a powerful incentive in the search for knowledge and an inherent component of scientific research. We have developed many ways of coping with uncertainty. We make promises, manage risks and make predictions to try to clear the mists and predict ahead. But the future is inherently uncertain - and the mist that shrouds our path an inherent part of our journey. The burning question is whether our societies can face up to uncertainty, learn to embrace it and whether we can open up to a constantly evolving future. In this new book, Helga Nowotny shows how research can thrive at the cusp of uncertainty. Science, she argues, can eventually transform uncertainty into certainty, but into certainty which remains always provisional. Uncertainty is never completely static. It is constantly evolving. It encompasses geological time scales and, at the level of human experience, split-second changes as cells divide. Life and death decisions are taken in the blink of the eye, while human interactions with the natural environment may reveal their impact over millennia. Uncertainty is cunning. It appears at unexpected moments, it shuns the straight line, takes the oblique route and sometimes the unexpected short-cut. As we acknowledge the cunning of uncertainty, its threats retreat. We accept that any scientific inquiry must produce results that are provisional and uncertain. This message is vital for politicians and policy-makers: do not be tempted by small, short-term, controllable gains to the exclusion of uncertain, high-gain opportunities. Wide-ranging in its use of examples and enriched by the author s experience as President of the European Research Council, one of the world s leading funding organisations for fundamental research
Wie männlich ist die Wissenschaft?( Book )

8 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in German and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Beiträge befassen sich mit der Dominanz von Männern im Wissenschaftsbetrieb aus den Bereichen Kultur, Recht, Wirtschaft, Medizin und Technik und in der wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisgewinnung
Social concerns for the 1980s : thought and action in social policy by Europäisches Zentrum Wien( Book )

16 editions published in 1984 in 4 languages and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Über den Umgang mit Unsicherheit : die Entdeckung der Gestaltbarkeit von Gesellschaft by Adalbert Evers( Book )

10 editions published in 1987 in German and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kernenergie, Gefahr oder Notwendigkeit : Anatomie e. Konflikts by Helga Nowotny( Book )

14 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in German and Dutch and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sociaal wetenschappelijke studie over de ontwikkelingen van het politieke besluitvormingsproces ten aanzien van de kernenergie in Oostenrijk
Es ist so. Es könnte auch anders sein : über das veränderte Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft by Helga Nowotny( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in German and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wissenschaftsforschung : eine Einführung by Ulrike Felt( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in German and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Re-thinking science : knowledge and the public in an age of uncertainty
Alternative Names
Helga Nowotny Austrian sociologist

Helga Nowotny österreichische Soziologin, Vize-Präsidentin des ERC Scientific Council

Helga Nowotny sociologe uit Oostenrijk

Nowotny, H.

Nowotny, H. (Helga)

Nowotny, Helga

Re-thinking science : knowledge and the public in an age of uncertaintyCounter-movements in the sciences : the sociology of the alternatives to big scienceNaked genes : reinventing the human in the molecular ageInsatiable curiosity : innovation in a fragile futureNineteen eighty-four : science between utopia and dystopiaAfter the breakthrough : the emergence of high-temperature superconductivity as a research fieldThe public nature of science under assault : politics, markets, science and the lawSelforganization : portrait of a scientific revolution