THE GOLEM: WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE
HARRY M. COLLINS AND TREVOR PINCH
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Science, it would seem, is neitherall good nor all bad. It gives us nuclear accidents and cures for disease, agricultural self-sufficiency and death in space flight. Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch liken science to the Golem, a creature from Jewishg mythology, powerful yet potentially dangerous, a gentle, helpful creature thjat may yet run amok at any moment. Through a serie opf intriguing case studies of famous and not so famous scientific episodes, ranging from relativity and cold fusion to memory in worms and the sex lives of lizards, the authors debunk the idea that science is the straightforward result of competent theorisation, observation and experimentation. Closer to the truth, they syggest, is the realisation that scientific certainty comes from interpreting ambiguous resultus within an order imposed by scientists themselves. This thought-provoking account will give general readers a new perspective on the place of science in society.