Category Archives: Steven Shapin

“Answers to Questions” and Questioning the Answers

Science isn’t all about hard facts and intricate detail: mired in the stacks of glossy-paged textbooks, we often forget that science is about inquiry and discovery, and that it can be a lot of fun. Dan Fang reminds us of this fact as she discusses the “play” of science, inspired by an exhibit at the […] Continue reading

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​”The Scientific Life” in Real Life: Steven Shapin and “Popular” Science

Killian C. Quigley draws a comparison between Steven Shapin’s The Scientific Life and Martin Robbins’s article “Scientists say…”, detailing the relationship between scientific progress and its popular perception. Robbins’s article focuses on the journalistic spread of misinformation, which can lead to misconceptions of science by the public. Meanwhile, Shapin’s purpose is to reevaluate the individual’s […] Continue reading

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What Would Henry Perowne Make of My PhD???

“In Daisy’s final term he went to an open day at her college.  The young lecturers there like to dramatise modern life as a sequence of calamities.  It’s their style, their way of being clever.  It wouldn’t be cool or professional to count the eradication of smallpox as part of the modern condition…[For] the professors […] Continue reading

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