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Bourdie, P. The scientist's craft: science of science and reflexivity. Anagrama. 2003

This book, the last published during the author's lifetime, is a record of his last course at the Collège de France in 2001. His aim was to subject the field of science to a historical and sociological analysis. Pierre Bourdieu starts from the tension between reason and history. On the one hand, the challenge of the Enlightenment: the possibility of a reason that emancipates itself from historical contingencies. On the other hand, the observation of the social sciences: reason is always inscribed in a socio-historical context. To resolve this antinomy, Bourdieu proposes the path of a rationalism that assumes its historical part. Starting with a social history of the sociology of science and a survey of the reflections of Merton, Kuhn, Feyerabend, Durkheim, among others, the author gives a master class in meta-science, the sociology of science, and the philosophy of science.


Ramón y Cajal, Santiago. Rules and advice on scientific research. Los Tónicos de la Voluntad.

For Ramón y Cajal, every man can be, if he sets his mind to it, a sculptor of his own brain and, convinced that every great work is the result of a great passion placed at the service of a great idea, he offers in the first chapters a series of advice and warnings to young students, trying to promote their enthusiasm for laboratory work. In the final chapters, the researcher analyses the duties of the state towards science and its obligations to the indispensable promotion of the scientist. Nobel laureate Severo Ochoa also enriches this edition with a warm prologue in which he expresses his admiration for Don Santiago and shares with him his concern for the promotion of scientific research in our country. Santiago Ramón y Cajal received the 1906 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his research into the structure of the nervous system.