The Sociology of Science: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations

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University of Chicago Press, 1973 - Social Science - 605 pages
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"The exploration of the social conditions that facilitate or retard the search for scientific knowledge has been the major theme of Robert K. Merton's work for forty years. This collection of papers [is] a fascinating overview of this sustained inquiry. . . . There are very few other books in sociology . . . with such meticulous scholarship, or so elegant a style. This collection of papers is, and is likely to remain for a long time, one of the most important books in sociology."—Joseph Ben-David, New York Times Book Review

"The novelty of the approach, the erudition and elegance, and the unusual breadth of vision make this volume one of the most important contributions to sociology in general and to the sociology of science in particular. . . . Merton's Sociology of Science is a magisterial summary of the field."—Yehuda Elkana, American Journal of Sociology

"Merton's work provides a rich feast for any scientist concerned for a genuine understanding of his own professional self. And Merton's industry, integrity, and humility are permanent witnesses to that ethos which he has done so much to define and support."—J. R. Ravetz, American Scientist

"The essays not only exhibit a diverse and penetrating analysis and a deal of historical and contemporary examples, with concrete numerical data, but also make genuinely good reading because of the wit, the liveliness and the rich learning with which Merton writes."—Philip Morrison, Scientific American

"Merton's impact on sociology as a whole has been large, and his impact on the sociology of science has been so momentous that the title of the book is apt, because Merton's writings represent modern sociology of science more than any other single writer."—Richard McClintock, Contemporary Sociology
  

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Contents

Knowledge
7
Man of Knowledge
41
Sociological Work
47
sions of Policy Research
70
and Outsiders
99
Sociology of Science
142
Science
173
the Sciences
191
Prefatory Note
281
Behavior Patterns
325
Singletons and Multiples
343
Multiple Discoveries
371
The Ambivalence
383
gw
413
The Matthew Effect
439
Institutionalized Patterns
460

Military Technique
204
The Neglect of the Sociology
210
Prefatory Note
223
Science and the Social
254
The Normative Structure
267
Age Aging and Age Structure
497
Bibliography
561
Index of Names
577
Index of Subjects
587
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About the author (1973)

Robert K. Merton is University Professor at Columbia University. His books include the classic Social Theory and Social Structure, On the Shoulders of Giants, and Sociological Ambivalence. He is the coeditor of Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact, published by the University of Chicago Press.

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