PBK lecturer to discuss social roots of knowledge

October 06, 2011

The Delta of Maryland Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at McDaniel College presents “Understanding the Golem of Science and Technology: The Social Roots of Knowledge,” a lecture by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Trevor Pinch, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 on campus in McDaniel Lounge.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (410) 857-2290.

Pinch is a professor of Science and Technology Studies and of Sociology at Cornell University. In his lecture, he will argue “that the best knowledge we as humans have achieved so far, scientific knowledge, is fundamentally social knowledge.”

“I will offer the notion of a Golem –  a friendly benevolent monster – as a way of thinking about science,” Pinch says.

He is best known for founding the social construction of technology (SCOT) theory and is the editor of the book series “Inside Technology,” which focuses on new approaches to studying technology.

He has coauthored a series of books about science, technology and medicine titled “The Golem: What Everyone Should Know About Science,” “The Golem at Large,” and “Dr. Golem.” He is also the coauthor of “Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer,” and the coeditor of “Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies.”

Currently, he is researching product reviewing processes and online communities, along with performing Moog synthesizer in the electronic duo, The Electric Golem.

Pinch holds a B.Sc. in Physics, M.Sc. in Liberal Studies of Science, and Ph.D. in Sociology. He has authored and co-authored 18 books and articles on aspects of the sociology of science, technology economics, and sound studies.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honors organization in the U.S. The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program makes available each year 12 or more distinguished scholars who visit 100 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. They spend two days on each campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions, and giving a public lecture open to the entire academic community. McDaniel is one of 280 U.S. institutions with a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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