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Prometheus Bound: Science in a Dynamic 'Steady State' 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521434300
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"Ziman succeeds very well in his purpose of describing the structures of academic science and the motivations of scientists driven by the intense competition of research at the frontiers. He gives an excellent analysis of the many dangers that threaten the future success of the enterprise and are the causes of much anguish in the laboratories....for all who wish to understand the concerns of those working at the frontiers of science to set Prometheus free." John Mulvey, Nature

"... a masterly contribution to our thinking on these issues...With wit, grace, and light touches of erudition, Ziman clarifies the challenges of managing the enterprise of discovery." Rodney W. Nichols, Science

"...It offers a deep analysis of the origins and extent of the changes that are affecting every facet of scientific enterprise and the lives of individual scientists and corporations." New Scientist, June, 1994 lx x

"...a good overview of what is happening in contemporary science policy. It is provacative, showing why more conscious efforts in making choices are taking place." W. Henry Lambright, Chemical & Engineering News

"...Highly recommended." L.W. Moore, Choice

"...Although Ziman's focus is on British science, the trends he discusses are general enough to make this book of broad interest..." Dale Jamieson, Issues in Science & Technology

"...a timely and important book....everyone in science and technology, all academics, all who care about scholarship and education, should read this book and ponder its implications." Henry H. Bauer, Journal of Scientific Exploration

"...the latest in a series of outstanding books on science and society written by John Ziman...Ziman examines the transformation that is underway with great detail and great skill...he has done a superb job...probably the best description that exists of what's happening on the academic scientific scene today..." Roland W. Schmitt, American Journal of Physics

Book Description

This book is a cool but searching critique of science today. It analyses, for the first time, the profound changes that are taking place in the whole scientific enterprise, throughout the world. The author shows, in simple words, how the competition for bounded resources is forcing science to become much more tightly organised.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 25, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521434300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521434300
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[purchased used at low price, I would recommend this book for $25 or less, though mine was only $4]
I thank John Ziman for all the time and concentration he took in crafting this fine work! This text provides an in-depth but highly readable understanding of the many factors which have heavily weighed upon the objectivity of scientific systems and the freedom of scientists. A career scientist now sees their work fully largely by corporate forces as a potentially profitable endeavor, and Ziman explains the steps in history which lead towards this shift away from the individualistic, "disinterested" pursuit of knowledge and into the entanglement with particular interests.

The image of modern science presented here really should be required reading for those who profess to love science, as it would shift their romance away from the imagined public notion that science IS objective & free and into a greater love for how it CAN be objective & free. This work provides fundamental details for truly coming to see science through a scientific or "aperspectival" lens, and it serves as an excellent lesson in systems for those who enjoy the study of sociology, social psychology, or systems perspectives. It is also a highly useful resource for those who are contemplating a career in the sciences and seek a realistic image of some of the challenges and dilemmas which will accompany their work. One definitely gains a thorough capacity to empathize with those who are working in a corporate context.
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