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By Kamilla Kjolberg, Fern Elizabeth Wickson

This booklet explores the big range in social views at the emergence of nanoscale sciences and applied sciences. It issues to 4 nodes of curiosity the place nano meets macro: within the making, within the public eye, within the great questions, and within the tricky judgements. each one node attracts realization to big strains of analysis and pertinent concerns. The booklet is designed for interdisciplinary educating, however the richness of concerns and views makes it of curiosity to all researchers, practitioners, and non-academics short of an creation to social views on nanoscale sciences and applied sciences.

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G. in his telescope). driver October 15, 2009 8:12 RPS: PSP-CRC - Nano Meets Macro driver Introduction (interpreted broadly as tools) were certainly in use during this period. They were, however, primarily products of craftsmanship and tended to be used as instruments to help create scientific knowledge rather than being products created by it. It is common in stories about the relationship between science and society to point to the importance of World War II (WWII) for creating a significant shift in the previously dominant vision.

The new social contract also entails that one should be prepared to accept the inclusion of voices other than those of scientific experts in political decision-making, specifically acknowledging that the more experiential knowledge of other stakeholders and laypeople can also count as a form of expertise in certain circumstances. In many ways, the ‘post-normal science’ concept advocates similar changes to that of ‘socially robust science’. Both concepts make the case for a new form of science that is more sensitive to its role in society and its ethical dimensions, more reflexive about its potential impacts and limitations, more prepared to 13 October 15, 2009 8:12 14 RPS: PSP-CRC - Nano Meets Macro Nano Meets Macro engage in direct interactions with members of society and more open to broader notions of what constitutes quality.

Science was therefore seen as a predominantly curiosity driven quest for knowledge undertaken by privileged individuals. g. in the way that industry was later able to do with such incredible success). ‘Technologies’ 2 We will not provide a precise definition of science here, as the definition itself will vary in the visions we are about to describe. In a very general sense, however, it can be thought of as referring to systematic processes of rational inquiry into the nature and behaviour of the physical world that result in knowledge capable of predictive explanation.

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