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Collins, H. M. (Harry M.) 1943-

Overview
Works: 95 works in 449 publications in 10 languages and 21,844 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Photographer, Other, Attributed name
Classifications: Q125, 500
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by H. M Collins
The golem : what everyone should know about science by H. M Collins( Book )

35 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book on quirks of science
The golem at large : what you should know about technology by H. M Collins( Book )

43 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through a series of case studies, the authors demonstrate that the imperfections in technology are related to the uncertainties in science
Artificial experts : social knowledge and intelligent machines by H. M Collins( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Changing order : replication and induction in scientific practice by H. M Collins( Book )

29 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Golem : how to think about medicine by H. M Collins( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors explore some mysteries of medicine while untangling the conundrums of scientific research and highlighting its vagaries. Driven by the question of what to do in the face of the fallibility of medicine, the book encourages a more inquisitive attitude toward the accounts offered by medical science
Rethinking expertise by H. M Collins( Book )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What does it mean to be an expert? Traditionally, expertise has been associated with authoritative knowledge, honed by practice and certified by powerful institutions. Scientists, of course, are often presumed to be the ultimate experts, but it is exactly in this area that the importance of defining what it means to be an expert is paramount. In Rethinking Expertise, Harry Collins and Robert Evans offer a radical new perspective on the role of expertise in the practice of science and the public evaluation of technology." "Collins and Evans present the problem of expertise in the context of modern society and go on to offer a Periodic Table of Expertises based on the idea of tacit knowledge - in other words, knowledge that we have but cannot explain. They then explore how some expertises are used to judge others, how we judge between experts even when we are not experts ourselves, and how credentials are used to judge experts. A central new concept in the book and, the authors argue, in society, is interactional expertise - a proficiency in the language of a specialism if not in its practices. Here, they describe experiments in which people with interactional expertise showed themselves to be indistinguishable from full-fledged experts in imitation games." "Throughout, Collins and Evans ask an important question: how can the public make use of science and technology before there is consensus in the scientific community? This is a quandary that has wide implications for public policy and for those who seek to understand and benefit from science. The authors offer a balanced assessment of the main issues and propose a new understanding of how to extend public participation in technical decision-making without abandoning the idea of expertise as real, useful, and necessary."
Gravity's shadow : the search for gravitational waves by H. M Collins( Book )

15 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to the theory of relativity, we are constantly bathed in gravitational radiation. When stars explode or collide, a portion of their mass becomes energy that disturbs the very fabric of the space-time continuum like ripples in a pond. But proving the existence of these waves has been difficult; the cosmic shudders are so weak that only the most sensitive instruments can be expected to observe them directly. Fifteen times during the last thirty years scientists have claimed to have detected gravitational waves, but so far none of those claims have survived the scrutiny of the scientifi
The golem : what you should know about science by H. M Collins( Book )

32 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the Golem? In Jewish mythology the Golem is an effigy or image brought to life. While not evil, it is a strong, clumsy, and incomplete servant. Through a series of case studies, ranging from relativity and cold fusion to memory in worms and the sex lives of lizards, Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch debunk the traditional view that science is the straightforward result of competent theorisation, observation and experimentation and show that scientific certainty is the interpretation of ambiguous results."
The one culture? : a conversation about science by H. M Collins( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

So far the "Science Wars" have generated far more heat than light. Combatants from one or the other of what C.P. Snow famously called "the two cultures" (science versus the arts and humanities) have launched bitter attacks but have seldom engaged in constructive dialogue about the central issues. In The One Culture?, Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins have gathered together some of the world's foremost scientists and sociologists of science to exchange opinions and ideas rather than insults. The contributors find surprising areas of broad agreement in a genuine conversation
Tacit and explicit knowledge by H. M Collins( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much of what humans know we cannot say. And much of what we do we cannot describe. For example, how do we know how to ride a bike when we can't explain how we do it? Abilities like this were called 'tacit knowledge' by physical chemist and philosopher Michael Polanyi, but here Harry Collins analyzes the term, and the behavior, in much greater detail, often departing from Polanyi's treatment. In Tacit and Explicit Knowledge, Collins develops a common conceptual language to bridge the concept's disparate domains by explaining explicit knowledge and classifying tacit knowledge. Collins then teases apart the three very different meanings, which, until now, all fell under the umbrella of Polanyi's term: relational tacit knowledge (things we could describe in principle if someone put effort into describing them), somatic tacit knowledge (things our bodies can do but we cannot describe how, like balancing on a bike), and collective tacit knowledge (knowledge we draw that is the property of society, such as the rules for language). Thus, bicycle riding consists of some somatic tacit knowledge and some collective tacit knowledge, such as the knowledge that allows us to navigate in traffic. The intermixing of the three kinds of tacit knowledge has led to confusion in the past; Collins's book will at last unravel the complexities of the idea. Tacit knowledge drives everything from language, science, education, and management to sport, bicycle riding, art, and our interaction with technology. In Collins's able hands, it also functions at last as a framework for understanding human behavior in a range of disciplines."--Provided by publisher
Frames of meaning : the social construction of extraordinary science by H. M Collins( Book )

19 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gravity's ghost : scientific discovery in the twenty-first century by H. M Collins( Book )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

That's why, when a sudden burst of energy was detected recently by the giant laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory, scientists were both cautious and optimistic. Could this be the first direct detection of a gravitational wave after a four-decade search? For eighteen months the physicists calculated and argued fiercely, sometimes accusing each other of being too fearful of making a mistake, sometimes of not being fearful enough. And, of course, as the leading chronicler of the search for gravitational waves. Harry Collins was right there with them. He was given access to the entire debate, including its emotional denouement and immediate aftermath. He recorded and transcribed the crucial exchanges and analyzed what was said while exploring the influence of what was not. The result of his unprecedented access to the front lines of physical science is Gravity's Ghost, a thrilling chronicle of high-stakes research and cutting-edge discovery
The shape of actions : what humans and machines can do by H. M Collins( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What can humans do? What can machines do? How do humans delegate actions to machines? In this book, Harry Collins and Martin Kusch combine insights from sociology and philosophy to provide a novel answer to these increasingly important questions. The authors begin by distinguishing between two basic types of intentional behavior, which they call polimorphic actions and mimeomorphic actions. Polimorphic actions (such as writing a love letter) are ones that community members expect to vary with social context. Mimeomorphic actions (such a swinging a golf club) do not vary. Although machines cannot act, they can mimic mimeomorphic actions. Mimeomorphic actions are thus the crucial link between what humans can do and what machines can do. -- Publisher description
Are we all scientific experts now? by H. M Collins( Book )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this provocative new book Harry Collins seeks to redeem scientific expertise, and reasserts science's special status. Despite the messy realities of day-to-day scientific endeavour, he emphasizes the superior moral qualities of science, dismissing the dubious 'default' expertise displayed by many of those outside the scientific community."--Page 4 of cover
Tout ce que vous devriez savoir sur la science by H. M Collins( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un essai sur la vraie nature de la science contemporaine et ses enjeux, à partir des études les plus novatrices de la sociologie des sciences. La science y est représentée métaphoriquement par le golem, "une créature de la mythologie juive que l'homme façonne avec de l'argile et de l'eau en proférant des incantations et des formules cabalistiques". Chaque chapitre est indépendant et décrit une facette de la science: les preuves de la théorie de la relativité, la fusion froide, le rayonnement gravitationnel, les neutrinos solaires manquants, etc
Sociology of scientific knowledge : a source book( Book )

8 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experts artificiels : machines intelligentes et savoir social by H. M Collins( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in French and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bad call : technology's attack on referees and umpires and how to fix it by H. M Collins( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How technologies can get it wrong in sports, and what the consequences are -- referees undermined, fans heartbroken, and the illusion of perfect accuracy maintained
Der Golem der Technologie : wie die Wissenschaft unsere Wirklichkeit konstruiert by H. M Collins( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gravity's kiss : the detection of gravitational waves by H. M Collins( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Artificial experts : social knowledge and intelligent machines
Alternative Names
Collins, H. M.

Collins, H. M. 1943-

Collins, Harry.

Collins, Harry 1943-

Collins, Harry M.

Collins, Harry M. 1943-

Harry Collins Brits socioloog

Harry Collins sociologue des sciences britannique

Хари Колинс

هری کالینز

콜린스, 해리 1943-

コリンズ, H.

コリンズ, ハリー

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The golem at large : what you should know about technologyArtificial experts : social knowledge and intelligent machinesChanging order : replication and induction in scientific practiceDr. Golem : how to think about medicineRethinking expertiseGravity's shadow : the search for gravitational wavesThe golem : what you should know about scienceThe one culture? : a conversation about science