Disciplining Experts

@article{Thorpe2002DiscipliningE,
  title={Disciplining Experts},
  author={Charles R. Thorpe},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={32},
  pages={525 - 562}
}
  • C. Thorpe
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • Political Science
  • Social Studies of Science
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