Instituting Science: The Cultural Production of Scientific Disciplines

Stanford University Press (1997)
Early practitioners of the social studies of science turned their attention away from questions of institutionalisation, which had tended to emphasize macrolevel explanations, and attended instead to microstudies of laboratory practice. The author is interested in re-investigating certain aspects of institution formation, notably the formation of scientific, medical, and engineering disciplines. He emphasises the manner in which science as cultural practice is imbricated with other forms of social, political, and even aesthetic practices. The author considers the following topics: the organic physics of 1847; the innovative research program of Carl Ludwig as a model for institutionalising science-based medicine, optics, painting, and ideology in Germany, 1845-95; the Haber-Bosch synthesis of ammonia; and the introduction of nuclear magnetic resonance instrumentation into the practice of organic chemistry.
Keywords Science History  Science History
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Call number Q175.46.L46 1997
ISBN(s) 0804726426   0804729255   9780804729253
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James A. Marcum (2008). Instituting Science: Discovery or Construction of Scientific Knowledge? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22 (2):185 – 210.

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