Significance of Holton and Sonnert's "Ivory Bridges" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Significance of Holton and Sonnert's "Ivory Bridges"
Looks at the literary significance of Gerald Holton and Gerhard Sonnert's "Ivory Bridges: Connecting Science and Society".
# 119729 | 1,795 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 21, 2010 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (General)

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This paper reviews "Ivory Bridges: Connecting Science and Society" by physicist and historian of science Gerald Holton and sociologist Gerhard Sonnert, who seek to dispel the long-held stereotype that scientists work in an 'ivory tower', isolated from society. After reviewing the contents of the book, the author observes that the scientific structure of the book contrasts with its obvious literary quality of which the writer gives examples, such as the repeated use of the word 'soul'. With Holton and Sonnert's command of the language and ability to incorporate literary devices with a scientifically-based text, the paper concludes that this book becomes an intriguing and important document of technology-oriented society.

From the Paper:

"Holton and Sonnert typify the motivations behind scientific research of the past, which have undoubtedly led to the metaphor of the "Ivory Tower" with the perceived necessity for scientific autonomy in both cases. They denote the pursuit of research for the purpose of curiosity without concern for application as the "Newtonian" model, and research motivated by working on answering questions that have societal application as the "Baconian" model. Holton and Sonnert's response is the "Jeffersonian" model, which they believe to be the balance between research driven by curiosity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Holton, Gerald, and Gerhard Sonnert. Ivory Bridges: Connecting Science and Society. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002.

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