Is Science a Public Good? Fifth Mullins Lecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 23 March 1993

  title={Is Science a Public Good? Fifth Mullins Lecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 23 March 1993},
  author={Michel Callon},
  journal={Science, Technology \& Human Values},
  pages={395 - 424}
  • M. Callon
  • Published 1 October 1994
  • Economics
  • Science, Technology & Human Values
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