Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 817–821 | Cite as

Experimenting with Engagement

Commentary on: Taking Our Own Medicine: On an Experiment in Science Communication
  • Bruce V. LewensteinEmail author


Social scientists can explore questions about what counts as knowledge and how researchers—including social science researchers—can produce that knowledge. An art/space installation examining issues of public participation in science demonstrates the process of co-creation of knowledge about public participation, not simply the co-creation of the meaning of the installation itself.


Science and art Public engagement Knowledge production 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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