THE PRODUCTION OF NEW SCIENTIFIC FACTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF RESEARCHERS` INTERCOURSE

by Dr.sc.phil.Karlheinz Lüdtke
Fridtjof-Nansen-Str.6
99425 Weimar


In recent decades we have witnessed the emergence of a growing body of science and technology studies (STS) concerned with work, technology and interaction in scientific laboratories and institutes. They have provided an important contribution to explain much of what goes on in knowledge production in terms of social factors. But nevertheless as yet we know relatively little about of the role playing the patterns and processes of social interaction for the development of scientific knowledge. The deficits show especially in the fact that the genesis of the forms of social interaction is hardly integrated into the discussions in regard of their relevance for the development of the knowledge how to produce scientific facts and what the facts mean. The aim of this contribution is to provide better understanding in this respect.

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