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Lives in Science: How Institutions Affect Academic Careers

reviewed by Harry Collins - July 16, 2009

coverTitle: Lives in Science: How Institutions Affect Academic Careers
Author(s): Joseph C. Hermanowicz
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226327612, Pages: 344, Year: 2009
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The book Lives in Science: How Institutions affect Academic Careers by Joseph Hermanowicz is a proper piece of sociological research. In 1998 Hermanowicz published The Stars are not Enough, which was an account of the working lives and aspirations of physicists in three grades of American universities. This is the follow-up, ten years later, with most of the original cohort of 55 or so re-interviewed. The three grades of universities are elite, where many of the respondents refer to the Nobel Prizes that they or their immediate colleagues have won; the pluralist, which requires the physicists to balance teaching with research a little more evenly and where the tales are mostly of Nobels not achieved; and the communitarian, where the emphasis is on service to the community and respondents’ research aspirations have generally not been met. There are lots of tables in the book and a number of propositions about what... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 16, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15718, Date Accessed: 6/23/2021 10:50:54 AM

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  • Harry Collins
    Cardiff University
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    HARRY COLLINS is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science (KES) at Cardiff University. He has held visiting appointments in Brazil, China, California Institute of Technology, University of California at San Diego, Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin, and many more. He was awarded the 1997 Bernal prize for social studies of science. His fifteen books include two analyzing artificial intelligence published by MIT Press; the Cambridge University Press award-winning The Golem: What you Should Know About Science (with Trevor Pinch); and six published by University of Chicago Press, including the 1992/85 Changing Order and more recently, Gravity’s Shadow: The Search for Gravitational Waves (2004), Dr Golem: How to Think About Medicine (2005, with Trevor Pinch), Rethinking Expertise (2007, with Robert Evans), and Tacit and Explicit Knowledge, which is in press.
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