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The travels and adventures of serendipity : a study in sociological semantics and the sociology of science

Author: Robert King Merton; Elinor G Barber
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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"From the names of cruise lines and bookstores to an Australian ranch and a nudist camp outside of Atlanta, the word serendipity - that happy blend of wisdom and luck by which something is discovered not quite by accident - is today ubiquitous. This book traces the word's eventful history from its 1754 coinage into the twentieth century - chronicling along the way much of what we now call the natural and social  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert King Merton; Elinor G Barber
ISBN: 0691126305 9780691126302 0691117543 9780691117546
OCLC Number: 225048332
Notes: Originally published in 2004.
Includes indexes.
Description: xxv, 313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface / Robert K. Merton --
Introduction / James L. Shulman --
Ch. 1. The Origins of Serendipity --
Ch. 2. Early Diffusion of Serendipity --
Ch. 3. Accidental Discovery in Science: Victorian Opinion --
Ch. 4. Stock Responses to Serendipity --
Ch. 5. The Qualities of Serendipity --
Ch. 6. Dictionaries and "Serendipity" --
Ch. 7. The social History of Serendipity --
Ch. 8. Moral Implications of Serendipity --
Ch. 9. The Diverse Significance of Serendipity in Science --
Ch. 10. Serendipity as Ideology and Politics of Science --
A Note on Serendipity as a Political Metaphor --
A Note on Serendipity in the Humanities --
Afterword: Autobiographical Reflections on the Travels and Adventures of Serendipity / Robert K. Merton.
Responsibility: Robert K. Merton, Elinor Barber.

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