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Peace at Last?

Steven Weinberg

in The One Culture?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780226467221
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226467245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.003.0024
Peace at Last?

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Although scientists recognize that their theories often bear the stamp of the social environment in which they are formulated, some like to think of this as an impurity, some slag left amid the metal, which they would eventually eliminate. There is the powerful attraction that true theories exert on scientists' thinking, an attraction that seems to have little to do with the social setting of their research. Scientists wonder why some historians of science such as Harry Collins are not interested in describing this process, the often slow and uncertain progress of physical theories toward an ultimate culture-free form that is the way it is because this is the way the world is.

Keywords: social setting; scientific research; science studies; Harry Collins; physical theories; scientific progress

Chapter.  1086 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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