Tacit Knowledge, Trust and the Q of Sapphire

  title={Tacit Knowledge, Trust and the Q of Sapphire},
  author={Harry M. Collins},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={71 - 85}
  • H. Collins
  • Published 2001
  • Sociology
  • Social Studies of Science
Russian measurements of the quality factor (Q) of sapphire, made 20 years ago, have only just been repeated in the West. Shortfalls in tacit knowledge have been partly responsible for this delay. The idea of `tacit knowledge', first put forward by the physical chemist Michael Polanyi, has been studied and analysed over the last two decades. A new classification of tacit knowledge (broadly construed) is offered here and applied to the case of sapphire. The importance of personal contact between… Expand
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