Lecture 1- Science as a Cultural Practice

Lecture 1- Science as a Cultural Practice - January 20 2009...

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January 20 2009 Science as a Cultural Practice I. Science as a Culture a. Power of a Label i. Science is not a static array of supposed truths. It is particular types of human activity we label as science. It provides the possibility for the practice of those activities. b. Science as a way of doing things i. Creating bombs id you can do something you must know something. This runs into strange historical paradoxes. This assumes all of space is filled with parts that move through the universe in set ways. c. Shifting Scientific World Picture i. Ex: in the 17 th century heat was regarded as a phenomenon caused by rapid moving particles. 18 th century heat was a fluid substance. The more fluid moving the particles the more heat. This helped make discoveries. 19 th century heat: kinetic theory of heat. More defined picture of what exists in the world d. Explanations and understanding (Newton, Darwin): i. History of Science change depending on what is accepted as an acceptable explanation. People criticized Newton for not having
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2009 for the course STS 2821 taught by Professor Dear during the Spring '09 term at Cornell.

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