Science, Technology and Society: An Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 28, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 276 pages
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the human, social and economic aspects of science and technology. It examines a broad range of issues from a variety of perspectives, using examples and experiences from around the world. The authors present complex issues, including the responsibilities of scientists, ethical dilemmas and controversies, the Industrial Revolution, economic issues, public policy, and science and technology in developing countries. The book ends with a thoughtful and provocative look toward the future. It features extensive guides to further reading, as well as a useful section on information searching skills. This book will provoke, engage, inform and stimulate thoughtful discussion about culture, society and science. Broad and interdisciplinary, it will be of considerable value to both students and teachers.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Scientific Community
15
Responsibility and the Scientist
40
The Rights and Wrongs of Science
56
Controversies Regarding Science and Technology
83
The Industrial Revolution in Great Britain
111
Science Technology and the Economy
132
Science Technology and Public Policy
181
Science Technology and the Lessdeveloped Countries
206
Science Technology and the Future
232
Surviving in the Information Jungle
257
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