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Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact Paperback – 15 Aug 1981

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (15 Aug. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780226253251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226253251
  • ASIN: 0226253252
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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The sociological dimension of science is studied using the discovery of the Wasserman reaction and its accidental application as a test for syphilis as a basis, and examining the role of cultural conditioning and error in scientific discovery.

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'To many scientists, just as to many historians and philosophers of science...facts are things that simply are the case; they are discovered through properly passive observation of natural reality. To such views Fleck replies that facts are invented, not discovered. Moreover, the appearance of scientific facts as discovered things is itself a social construction: a made thing...A work of transparent brilliance: one of the most significant contributions toward a thoroughly sociological account of scientific knowledge.'

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