For the most current, comprehensive resource in this rapidly evolving field, look no further than the Revised Edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. This masterful volume is the first resource in more than 15 years to define, summarize, and synthesize this complex multidisciplinary, international field. Tightly edited with contributions by an internationally recognized team of leading scholars, this volume addresses the crucial contemporary issues—both traditional and nonconventional—social studies, political studies, and humanistic studies in this changing field. Containing theoretical essays, extensive literature reviews, and detailed case studies, this remarkable volume clearly sets the standard for the field. It does nothing less than establish itself as the benchmark, one that will carry the field well into the next century.
Chapter 1: Reinventing the Wheel
Reinventing the Wheel
IN the early morning of March 1, 1966, I arrived at Waverley Station in Edinburgh, on the night train from London, to start the Science Studies Unit at Edinburgh University. Later that day, I was shown my bare office: no phone, no books, no bibliographical resources, no files, no staff—indeed, it was tempting to think, no subject! To recall it now is to recall a spirit of initiative and intellectual expansion that seems to have vanished from the British academic scene—and, I guess, in the light of the financial constraints associated with a worldwide recession, from the academic scenes of many other industrialized states. Now, 26 years later, the spirit on far too many campuses is more one of ...