This volume marks a unique collaboration by internationally distinguished scholars in the history, rhetoric, philosophy, and sociology of science. Converging on the central issues of rhetoric of science, the essays focus on figures such as Galileo, Harvey, Darwin, von Neumann; and on issues such as the debate over cold fusion or the continental drift controversy. Their vitality attests to the burgeoning interest in the rhetoric of science.
Roget's has no good synonyms for 'weak,' and there is nothing 'feeble' or 'insubstantial' about rhetoric's role in 'Pittsburgh minimalism.' With [this] publication, a theoretical battle line has formed at the center of the rhetoric of science. Even the champions of the sub specie rhetoricae view will find much to admire in these essays, even as they realize that the ball is definitely in their court.
This exciting work offers examples of some of the most insightful current inquiry into the production of scientific knowledge.