Resistance to the Systematic Study of Multiple Discoveries in Science

  title={Resistance to the Systematic Study of Multiple Discoveries in Science},
  author={R. Merton},
  journal={European Journal of Sociology},
  pages={237 - 282}
  • R. Merton
  • Published 1 December 1963
  • History
  • European Journal of Sociology
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