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

Works: 88 works in 356 publications in 10 languages and 17,702 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Arranger, Performer, Photographer, Attributed name, Contributor
Classifications: T14.5, 303.483
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Most widely held works by H. M Collins
The golem at large what you should know about technology by H. M Collins( )
29 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 3,235 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
The golem what everyone should know about science by H. M Collins( )
61 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 3,176 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 shape of actions what humans and machines can do by H. M Collins( )
14 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,841 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
Rethinking expertise by H. M Collins( )
18 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What does it mean to be an expert? 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 a Periodic Table of Expertises based on the idea of tacit knowledgeknowledge that we have but cannot explain. They then look at how some expertises are used to judge others, how laypeople judge between experts, and how credentials are used to evaluate them. Throughout, Collins and Evans ask an important question: how can the public make use of science and
Dr. Golem how to think about medicine by H. M Collins( )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A creature of Jewish mythology, a golem is an animated being made by man from clay and water who knows neither his own strength nor the extent of his ignorance. Like science and technology, the subjects of Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch's previous volumes, medicine is also a golem, and this Dr. Golem should not be blamed for its mistakes?they are, after all, our mistakes. The problem lies in its well-meaning clumsiness. Dr. Golem explores some of the mysteries and complexities of medicine while untangling the inherent conundrums of scientific research and highlighting its vagaries. Driven by t
Gravity's shadow the search for gravitational waves by H. M Collins( )
12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,399 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 one culture? a conversation about science by Jay A Labinger( )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Finnish and held by 1,362 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 about science, its
Artificial experts : social knowledge and intelligent machines by H. M Collins( Book )
17 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and Italian and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Changing order : replication and induction in scientific practice by H. M Collins( Book )
25 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tacit and explicit knowledge by H. M Collins( Book )
13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 468 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
Gravity's ghost : scientific discovery in the twenty-first century by H. M Collins( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In theory, at least, gravitational waves do exist. Scientists tell us we are constantly bathed in gravitational radiation, which is generated when stars explode or collide, and a portion of their mass becomes energy that ripples out like a disturbance on the surface of a serene pond. But unfortunately no gravitational wave has ever been directly detected, even though the search has lasted more than forty years
Frames of meaning : the social construction of extraordinary science by H. M Collins( Book )
15 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Are we all scientific experts now? by H. M Collins( Book )
8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 242 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
Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog : scientific discovery and social analysis in the twenty-first century by H. M Collins( )
11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gravity's Ghost and Big Dog brings to life science's efforts to detect cosmic gravitational waves. These ripples in space-time are predicted by general relativity, and their discovery will not only demonstrate the truth of Einstein's theories but also transform astronomy. Although no gravitational wave has ever been directly detected, the previous five years have been an especially exciting period in the field. Here sociologist Harry Collins offers readers an unprecedented view of gravitational wave research and explains what it means for an analyst to do work of this kind.<D
Experts artificiels : machines intelligentes et savoir social by H. M Collins( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in French and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sociology of scientific knowledge : a source book ( Book )
5 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The A B C of dress, by Harry Collins by H. M Collins( Book )
3 editions published in 1923 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Les nouveaux Frankenstein quand la science nous trahit by H. M Collins( Book )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in French and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
El gólem : lo que todos deberíamos saber acerca de la ciencia by H. M Collins( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in Spanish and English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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