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ERIC Number: ED028057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 110
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Science as a Cultural Force.
Woolf, Harry
This collection of four essays brings together the outer, external public aspect of scientific activities, and the internal, private world of scientific thought. Originally delivered as lectures at Johns Hopkins University for the Shell Companies Foundation Lectures on Science, Technology, and Society, these essays touch upon the broader aspects of scientific progress, emphasizing the mutual interaction of science and society. Killian's essay treats the new force in society--the alliance of science and government, government being the provider of funds, the scientists the policy-maker's employee. Wiesner's essay deals with the impact of the computer upon society, with its capability of simulating entire environments, enabling man to extend his knowledge, and make decisions about the future social order. Abandoning the accustomed ideal of scientific detachment, Polanyi deals with the question of our awareness of the natural world. Holton discusses processes by which scientific theories are made, exploring the theoretical and thematic aspects that underly technical accomplishment. (DH)
The Johns Hopkins Press, Homewood Campus, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 ($3.95)
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Identifiers: Johns Hopkins University MD; Shell Companies Foundation