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Laboratory life. The social construction of scientific facts
supported by facts, he believed in the good of the inductive method in all walks of life. He put this to work in studies such as the influences of environment on parameters of behaviour of mice andExpand
The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation
Who are scientists? What kind of people are they? What capacities and virtues are thought to stand behind their considerable authority? "The Scientific Life" is historian Steven Shapin's story aboutExpand
HERE AND EVERYWHERE: Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
The sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) is one of the profession’s most marginal specialties, yet its objects of inquiry, its modes of inquiry, and certain of its findings have very substantialExpand
Pump and Circumstance: Robert Boyle's Literary Technology
  • S. Shapin
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • JAMA
  • 1 November 1984
This paper analyzes the resources used to produce matters of fact in Robert Boyle's experimental programme, and argues that the notion of a `public' for experimental science is essential to the authors' understanding of how facts are generated and validated. Expand
The Invisible Technician
The Scientific Revolution
  • S. Shapin
  • Philosophy, Sociology
  • 1 November 1997
This work contains Steven Shapin's historical exploration into the origins of the modern scientific worldview. What historians have traditionally called the Scientific Revolution was, in Shapin'sExpand
Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life
"Leviathan and the Air-Pump" examines the conflicts over the value and propriety of experimental methods between two major seventeenth-century thinkers: Thomas Hobbes, author of the politicalExpand
The House of Experiment in Seventeenth-Century England
M SUBJECT is the place of experiment. I want to know where experimental science was done. In what physical and social settings? Who was in attendance at the scenes in which experimental knowledge wasExpand
Placing the View from Nowhere: Historical and Sociological Problems in the Location of Science
Over the past two decades broadly geographical sensibilities have become prominent in the academic study of science. An account is given of tensions in science studies between transcendentalistExpand