CBC Radio | How To Think About Science


If science is neither cookery, nor angelic virtuosity, then what is it? Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. Everything was subject to science, but science itself largely escaped scrutiny. This situation has changed dramatically in recent years. Historians, sociologists, philosophers and sometimes scientists themselves have begun to ask fundamental questions about how the institution of science is structured and how it knows what it knows. David Cayley talks to some of the leading lights of this new field of study.

Downloaded the full set of episodes (listed below the fold) and have started listening to them.  The first one, by Simon Schaffer, is a great exploration of the great change in the study of science that occurred during the 1980s and 1990s (aka “The Science Wars”).  If the rest are as good as this one, they are definitely worth recommending to students and others who are interested in the history of science!

Episode List:

  1. Simon Schaffer
  2. Lorraine Daston
  3. Margaret Lock
  4. Ian Hacking and Andrew Pickering
  5. Ulrich Beck and Bruno Latour
  6. James Lovelock
  7. Arthur Zajonc
  8. Wendell Berry
  9. Rupert Sheldrake
  10. Brian Wynne
  11. Sajay Samuel
  12. David Abram
  13. Dean Bavington
  14. Evelyn Fox Keller
  15. Barbara Duden and Silya Samerski
  16. Steven Shapin
  17. Peter Galison
  18. Richard Lewontin
  19. Ruth Hubbard
  20. Michael Gibbons, Peter Scott, & Janet Atkinson Grosjean
  21. Christopher Norris and Mary Midgely
  22. Allan Young
  23. Lee Smolin
  24. Nicholas Maxwell

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