Changing Order: Replication and Induction in Scientific Practice

Paperback | June 15, 1992

byHarry Collins

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This fascinating study in the sociology of science explores the way scientists conduct, and draw conclusions from, their experiments. The book is organized around three case studies: replication of the TEA-laser, detecting gravitational rotation, and some experiments in the paranormal.

"In his superb book, Collins shows why the quest for certainty is disappointed. He shows that standards of replication are, of course, social, and that there is consequently no outside standard, no Archimedean point beyond society from which we can lever the intellects of our fellows."—Donald M. McCloskey, Journal of Economic Psychology

"Collins is one of the genuine innovators of the sociology of scientific knowledge. . . . Changing Order is a rich and entertaining book."—Isis

"The book gives a vivid sense of the contingent nature of research and is generally a good read."—Augustine Brannigan, Nature

"This provocative book is a review of [Collins's] work, and an attempt to explain how scientists fit experimental results into pictures of the world. . . . A promising start for new explorations of our image of science, too often presented as infallibly authoritative."—Jon Turney, New Scientist

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This work in the sociology of science explores the way scientists conduct, and draw conclusions from, their experiments. The book is organized around three case studied: replication of the TEA-laser, detecting gravitational radiation, and experiments in the paranormal. Through detailed descriptions of these projects, Collins shows what...

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This fascinating study in the sociology of science explores the way scientists conduct, and draw conclusions from, their experiments. The book is organized around three case studies: replication of the TEA-laser, detecting gravitational rotation, and some experiments in the paranormal."In his superb book, Collins shows why the quest fo...

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This work in the sociology of science explores the way scientists conduct, and draw conclusions from, their experiments. The book is organized around three case studied: replication of the TEA-laser, detecting gravitational radiation, and experiments in the paranormal. Through detailed descriptions of these projects, Collins shows what...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:207 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:June 15, 1992Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226113760

ISBN - 13:9780226113760

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Table of Contents

Note to the 1992 Edition
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Mystery of Perception and Order
2. The Idea of Replication
3. Replicating the TEA-Laser: Maintaining Scientific Knowledge
4. Detecting Gravitational Radiation: The Experimenter's Regress
5. Some Experiments in the Paranormal: The Experimenter's Regress Revisited
6. The Scientist in the Network: A Sociological Resolution of the Problem of Inductive Inference
Postscript: Science as Expertise
Methodological Appendix
References Cited
Afterword
Name Index
Subject Index

From Our Editors

This work in the sociology of science explores the way scientists conduct, and draw conclusions from, their experiments. The book is organized around three case studied: replication of the TEA-laser, detecting gravitational radiation, and experiments in the paranormal. Through detailed descriptions of these projects, Collins shows what it is like to try to reproduce results in a laboratory.