El Leviathan y la bomba de vacío Hobbes, Boyle y la vida experimental Original title: Leviathan and the Air-Pump. Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life Steven Shapin Simon Schaffer Translated into Spanish by Alfonso Buch isbn 987-558-059-7 2005 | 512 p. | illus. | 640 g $ 40 | usd 10,68
Social studies of science and technology are quite recent as a discipline, especially in Spanish-speaking countries. The author’s thesis and the contents of this book make it an essential part of such emerging field of study. This comprehensive work contains a wide scope of interesting elements for experts in a whole range of social sciences. Indeed, it should concern sociologists and science historians as a classic in their field. It should concern political scientists and philosophers as a study that delves into the origins of their discipline from an unusual perspective, exploring the relationship between Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan and the naturalism debate in the 17th Century. And it should also concern epistemologists and philosophers of science as it addresses some fundamental issues in their area of studies, such as the discovery vs. construction debate.
Forma y función de un sujeto moderno Bernardo Houssay y la fisiología argentina (1900-1943) [Form and Function of a Modern Subject. Bernardo Houssay and Physiology in Argentina (1900-1943)] Alfonso Buch isbn 987-558-095-3 2006 | 496 p. | 640 g $ 42 | usd 11,21
The topics discussed in this book are Argentina, its physicians and researchers, as well as scientific knowledge and social conflict, mainly revolving around Dr. Bernardo Houssay, who was awarded a Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1947. Dr. Houssay’s career and background justify the rather ambitious title of this book, as this Argentine scientist was, in a way, a paradigm of what we have come to call modernity. In his figure we can observe some essential symbolic structures which usually lie at the foundation of the scientist’s role and, therefore, account for something more than a haphazard combination of personal circumstances.
“O inventamos o erramos” La ciencia como idea-fuerza en América Latina [“Either We Invent or We Err”. Science as an IdeaForce in Latin America] Hebe Vessuri isbn 978-987-558-124-1 2007 | 400 p. | 520 g $ 41 | usd 10,95
Nowadays, knowledge issues are dealt with in a wide scope of contexts, ranging from the specialized discourse of scientific policy and higher education to the more general scenario of globalization and competitiveness. Since knowledge has been declared to be a key feature for the present and the future of our society, it is not surprising that it has increasingly become a politically charged notion, with a wide range of agendas at stake. Governments in developed and developing nations have come to realize that citizen commitment is vital to ensure that science and technology meet people’s needs.
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