The Dynamics of Science and Technology

Social Values, Technical Norms and Scientific Criteria in the Development of Knowledge

  • Wolfgang Krohn
  • Edwin T. LaytonJr.
  • Peter Weingart

Part of the Sociology of the Sciences A Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Science and Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ron Johnston, Tom Jagtenberg
      Pages 29-58
  3. The Interrelation between Science and Technology

  4. Science and Technology in their Social Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Karl-Heinz Manegold
      Pages 137-158
    3. Patrick Fridenson
      Pages 159-175
  5. The Scientification of Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Gernot Böhme, Wolfgang Van Den Daele, Wolfgang Krohn
      Pages 219-250
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 287-293

About this book


The interrelations of science and technology as an object of study seem to have drawn the attention of a number of disciplines: the history of both science and technology, sociology, economics and economic history, and even the philosophy of science. The question that comes to mind is whether the phenomenon itself is new or if advances in the disciplines involved account for this novel interest, or, in fact, if both are intercon­ nected. When the editors set out to plan this volume, their more or less explicit conviction was that the relationship of science and technology did reveal a new configuration and that the disciplines concerned with 1tS analysis failed at least in part to deal with the change because of conceptual and methodological preconceptions. To say this does not imply a verdict on the insufficiency of one and the superiority of any other one disciplinary approach. Rather, the situation is much more complex. In economics, for example, the interest in the relationship between science and technology is deeply influenced by the theoretical problem of accounting for the factors of economic growth. The primary concern is with technology and the problem is whether the market induces technological advances or whether they induce new demands that explain the subsequent diffusion of new technologies. Science is generally considered to be an exogenous factor not directly subject to market forces and, therefore, appears to be of no interest.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Krohn
    • 1
  • Edwin T. LaytonJr.
    • 2
  • Peter Weingart
    • 3
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung der Lebensbedingungen der wissenschaftlich-technischen WeltStarnbergGermany
  2. 2.University of MinnesotaUSA
  3. 3.Universität BielefedGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0881-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9828-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0167-2320
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