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The One Culture?A Conversation about Science$
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Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467221

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.001.0001

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Beyond Social Construction

Beyond Social Construction

(p.291) Chapter 34 Beyond Social Construction
The One Culture?

Kenneth G. Wilson

, Constance K. Barsky
University of Chicago Press

The process of scientific progress, while not error-free, can be used for many purposes by many diverse cultures as long as the measurements become accurate enough for their errors not to matter. Meanwhile, the larger body of scientific results that have yet to benefit from many rounds of continuous improvement can be problematic for any culture that tries to use them. There are many results from the natural sciences that are in this latter category; there are many results from the social sciences that are in this latter category, too. Research on the nature of continuous improvement in science could be beneficial for future users of both the natural and the social sciences.

Keywords:   social construction, scientific progress, social sciences, natural sciences, measurements, diverse cultures

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