The Tangle of Science : Reliability Beyond Method, Rigour, and Objectivity, Hardback Book


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Science is remarkably reliable. It puts people on the moon, performs laser eye surgery, tells us about ancient civilizations and species, and predicts the future of our climate.

What underwrites this reliability? This book argues that the standard answers-the scientific method, rigour, and objectivity-are insufficient for the job.

Here we propose a new model of science which places its products front and centre.

In The Tangle of Science we show how any reliable piece of science is underpinned by a vast, diverse, and thick network of other scientific products.

In doing so we bring back into focus areas of science that have been long neglected, emphasizing how every product, from the screws that hold the space shuttle together, to ways of measuring the consumer price index, to Einstein's theory of generalrelativity, work together to support results we can trust.