Thursday, March 5

Shapin: The Scientist in 2008 (Seed article)

There was an article by Steven Shapin (author of The Scientific Revolution and co-author of Leviathan and the Air Pump, discussed in Peter Godfrey-Smith's paper) in the December 2008 issue of Seed magazine. In his article The Scientist in 2008, Shapin addresses several issues that we've been grappling with in class--science and values, science and sociology, and integrity in scientific practice. It's definitely worth a read, and it might even be relevant to some of your class projects (particularly the progress and scientific industry groups). I'd be happy to carry on a discussion of the paper here if anyone is interested.

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