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Science  21 Nov 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5905, pp. 1189-1190
DOI: 10.1126/science.1166262

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The Scientific Life. A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation. By Steven Shapin. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2008. 486 pp. $29, £15. ISBN 9780226750248.

Shapin's account of the development and current practice of the profession of science spotlights the researchers in the trenches rather than the big thinkers.