"Remarkably rich in detail and revelation.... Shapin may not be doing a conventional history of the 'scientific life,' but what he has done is both novel and provocative." - New York Review of Books "[A] thought-provoking challenge to the assumptions of scientific objectivity by science's practitioners and an acknowledgment of just how important the morality of scientists may be in the advancement and authority of knowledge." - Library Journal "The Scientific Life provokes us to discard worn-out understandings that science outside universities is necessarily aberrant.... The book succeeds masterfully." - Science "A stunning antidote to the naive portraits of how science is or should be done." - Choice "Required reading for all scientists and those studying the social activity of science." - Nature "Shapin has produced a work of exceptional originality, power, and significance. He has also given readers much to chew over in regard to contemporary developments and perennial issues.... Shapin tells this story exceedingly well, framing its episodes richly and developing them through vivid depictions of representative figures, texts, incidents, and anecdotes." - London Review of Books"
About the Author
Steven Shapin is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. He is the author of A Social History of Truth and The Scientific Revolution, and, with Simon Schaffer, coauthor of Leviathan and the Air-Pump. He has also written for the New Yorker and is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books.