, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 201–206 | Cite as

From setting the distance to adjusting the focus

Alfred Nordmann, Hans Radder and Gergor Schiemann (eds): Science transformed? Debating claims of an epochal break. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011, 232pp, $29.95 PB
  • Sacha Loeve
Essay Review

As biotechnologies and nanotechnologies are becoming paradigmatic of nowadays science, what happened to science as we (thought we) knew it? Are we witnessing a break of an epochal character? Science Transformed? is a collection of essays that revolve around the question whether recent science hallmarks an epochal break.

The book is organized in two sections: the first one gathers essays that discuss the pertinence of the epochal break thesis as a whole, and the second provides empirical support to test the thesis in a number of fields: scientific experimentation practices and ideal-types, digital imaging media, robotics, medical research and computational modelling. The book ends on a series of ‘sticking points’ on which further research should focus.

While each chapter adopts a singular vantage-point to address the epochal break issue, the book as a whole offers a coherent and well-organized panorama of the problem. Each contribution nicely responds to the others and they share...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre d’Etude des Techniques des Connaissances et des Pratiques (CETCOPRA)University of Paris 1 SorbonneParisFrance

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