Steven Shapin

Friday, 4 June 2010, 11:00, New CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo

Steven Shapin, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University

Who is the Modern Scientist?


A survey of the historical origins of the scientist’s role. How did it come to be that large numbers of people are paid to do scientific research? What is the basis of the “contract” between the scientific community and the society that pays the bills? What is it that scientists are agreed to know and what are the recognized limits to their expertise? What is the basis of scientists’ authority and how have recent changes in the social place of science affected ideas of scientific integrity?