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An Example of the Good Life

Steven Shapin: Michael Polanyi, 15 December 2011

Michael Polanyi and His Generation: Origins of the Social Construction of Science 
by Mary JoNye.
Chicago, 405 pp., £29, October 2011, 978 0 226 61063 4
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... isn’t a lot of current interest in who Polanyi was and how he came to hold the views he did. Mary JoNye’s excellent and richly researched book aims to tell us and, along the way, uncovers a genealogy for the notion of tacit knowledge that situates it in the force fields shaping much 20th-century thinking about ...

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