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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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Life Inside a Case Study

Life Inside a Case Study

(p.73) Chapter 6 Life Inside a Case Study
The One Culture?

Peter R. Saulson

University of Chicago Press

There may always be some unavoidable tensions between communities, based on where the different curiosities lie. Physical scientists tend mostly to be curious about the subject of their scientific work, much less so about the social structure of the world in which they carry out their scientific work (except in the form of gossip, which is universal). To the extent that we are curious about how science works, it tends to be related to trying to understand reasons for the remarkable success science has had over the past few centuries in building an ever deeper account of the natural world. In search of explanations for this success, we tend to look for a simple overarching principle, such as the formula that science succeeds by looking for the simplest possible explanation.

Keywords:   physical scientist, scientific work, natural world, social structure, science studies, formula

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