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18:00 - 20:00 2 March 2015
Humphry Davy at work - or why do STS
JZ Young Lecture Theatre |
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Inaugural lecture for Professor Frank AJL James.
Science is widely acknowledged to play a vital role in culture and society. However, there are many myths about the nature of this role. These myths are held equally widely, and they are frequently communicated in the popular media. For example, scientific knowledge is widely presented as constructed solely in the controlled environment of a laboratory. It is said to be straightforwardly applied in the outside world. The social and cultural place of science in the past is said to be similar to that today. By considering the practical work of chemist and inventor Humphry Davy (1778-1829), this lecture will challenge these particular myths. His example also will illustrate one of the key functions of science and technology studies (STS), as a discipline. Broadly construed, that is to provide an account of science that is evidentially supported and thus of use in the general polity.
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