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`Is technological know-how a social development as Pinch keeps? after all it truly is, since it developed via scientists. yet as Pinch's research demonstrates, it's constituted of experimental proof, rational dialogue and feedback, and the inventiveness of scientists.'
British magazine for background of Science
`...he (Pinch) has produced an enormous ebook in order to be priceless to historians of technological know-how, who will discover a sentive and precise heritage of a massive episode of recent technological know-how who are looking to discover a universal flooring to debate the hypothetical specificity of sience vis-a-vis others cultural activities.'
Science, 235
`This is a way more readable account than basic in texts at the sociology of technology, and its realization to ancient element is commendable.'
Physics Bulletin (1987)
`This booklet is a really welcome contribution to the sociology and the modern historical past of science.'
Sociology, 23:3 (1989)

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19] The proof of the pudding of such matters is, as always, in the eating. However, it should be said that discourse and texts do have a Strategic Research Sites for the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge 33 special place in science and that they warrant more attention than would be appropriate in the analysis of other areas of culture. Scientists spend much time arguing, discussing, and writing about their ideas. [20] If we include diagrams, graphs and visual representation within the analysis, as some of the above authors have done, then we clearly are talking about key aspects of scientific activity.

The research falls within the context of the controversy studies because it is a case in which radically different views of the natural world have been produced - especially in response to the anomalous experimental results. However, this has not been a neat twoparty fight over the interpretation of Nature. Over forty different interpretations of the results have been offered (for more details see Chapter Seven). This has made the task of pursuing all the scientific issues in the necessary analytical depth impossible.

For instance, so-called cognitive factors cannot alone delimit scientific action rather it is the social meaning given such factors within scientists' interpretative practices which is crucial. The research location of the shared socio-cogni ti ve framework with its separation of cognitive and social factors, appears to be the location of a normative rather than an interpretati ve sociology. 2. ScientiCic Controversies Controversies in science have proved to be one of the most salient locations in which to pursue research which embodies the symmetrical viewpoint.

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