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Social studies of science, or science studies, is a transdisciplinary research field that investigates historical, political, cultural, conceptual, and practical aspects and implications of the sciences. Because modern sciences are deeply intertwined with technology, the more comprehensive name science and technology studies (STS) is often used to identify the field. Regardless of which name is used, it is widely understood that social studies of science cover a broad range of historical and contemporary developments associated with natural and social science, pure and applied mathematics, engineering, and medicine. Social studies of science draw on the literature, concepts, and methods of philosophy, history, and sociology, but such studies make up an emergent field in its own right and not a branch or subfield of any other ...

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