What makes his essays so enjoyable and alive... is their leaping range of reference, always running one step ahead and urging us to catch up.(Jenny Uglow New York Review of Books)
Professor Shapin has a sense of humor, a good eye for an anecdote and the ability to turn a phrase.(Katherine Bouton New York Times)
While it might not be for novices, anyone who is interested in how and why science enjoys a privileged position as a source of knowledge should read Shapin’s take on the authority given to it vis-à-vis religion and morality, why it is compliment to be both a gentleman and a scholar, and why it matters whether Newton ate chicken or Darwin farted.(Seed Magazine)
An impressive work and one that scientists will benefit from reading. Shapin reminds us that... neither scientists nor science itself can be separated from the context of peoples’ minds, bodies, cultures, societies. Expectations based on any other understanding are simply unrealistic.(Sam Lemonick Chemical and Engineering News)
He is a graceful and engaging essayist, and the ample selection of essays in Never Pure ... affords an excellent basis for reflecting on what he has had to say about the life of science.(Robert E. Kohler Science)
Never Pure will enrich the bookshelf of any historian of science.(Katy Barrett Endeavour)
A highly labored style of writing is deployed to perform scholarly virtues that go by names like 'careful,' 'accurate,' and 'rich.'(Steve Fuller Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science)
Steven Shapin is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, and his books include Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (with Simon Schaffer), A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England, and The Scientific Revolution. He has written for the New Yorker and writes regularly for the London Review of Books.
It reminds me--a bit too much--of another discipline called Musicology.
This is an incredibly well referenced (over 145 pages of citations many with author notes) collection of essays by a Harvard professor of the History of Science.
Steven Shapin has been writing about the history of science for a long time, and has written some very valuable and insightful things.
The book was in perfect condition. The front bottom cover had a bent corner but that bend was the only problem in the book.Published 12 months ago by Nadya
The idea that science is produced by human beings influenced by culture is not new, though it has becmoe more prominent by analogy to deconstructionism (a loose analogy at... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jessica Weissman
My husband actually majored in History of Science as an undergrad. That's why he wanted to get this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by LawyerMom
I know, this review has been a long time in coming and frankly it was because I found this book a challenge to get through. Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by TammyJo Eckhart
Science is one of the hallmarks of humanity. It has produced amazing understanding and has great predictive power, and has spawned the technologies that make modern life possible. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Dave English
Never Pure is a most curious history of science. Much history of science follows the history of discovery or changing philosophies, emphasizing the major breakthroughs, keeping the... Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Patrick O
The author has picked an interesting and seldom covered topic. Nice variety in the chapters. But it's SO overdone. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Just Me
Never Pure appears to be a misleading title to this deep tome on scientific curiosity. Very good insight into early beginnings of the Royal Society. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by gogoat
Although I am not a scientist I did find this book interesting. However it is quite a mixed bag of subjects discussed- Everything from philosophy to medicine. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by C. Smith