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Book recommendation

Postby Jack » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:17 am

I\'ve just finished reading_ Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction_ by Gary Alan Fine. While the specific field may not be that in which most of you work, it has some interesting observations with respect to science and its relationship to the larger society, including the justification of funding, which is a topic that gets comments here from time to time. The author is a sociologist who spent time in various forecast office observing the \"subject animals\" (my term) in the field. This is good in that he is a professional, objective observer (relatively speaking), but bad in that he often uses language in a manner that sounds like it comes from a sociological research paper (sociologist apparently use common words in what I\'d call uncommon ways). It improves later in the book.

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