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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, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
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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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Merton, Robert King, 1910-2003.
Travels and adventures of serendipity.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004
(DLC) 2003056327
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert King Merton; Elinor G Barber
ISBN: 9781400841523 1400841526
OCLC Number: 774285488
Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 313 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Publisher's Note; Introduction; Chapter 1 The Origins of Serendipity; Chapter 2 Early Diffusion of Serendipity; Chapter 3 Accidental Discovery in Science: Victorian Opinion; Chapter 4 Stock Responses to Serendipity; Chapter 5 The Qualities of Serendipity; Chapter 6 Dictionaries and "Serendipity"; Chapter 7 The Social History of Serendipity; Chapter 8 Moral Implications of Serendipity; Chapter 9 The Diverse Significance of Serendipity in Science; Chapter 10 Serendipity as Ideology and Politics of Science.
Responsibility: Robert K. Merton, Elinor Barber.
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