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Ciència i acció is a series published by Obrador Edèndum, directed by the Centre for the History of Science. Its aim is to translate into Catalan science-related texts that allow citizens to understand how science operates, and therefore act in a democratic milieu. It seeks to provide tools for participating in technical and scientific debates that affect society as a whole, encouraging a participative and critical attitude on the part of citizens faced with increasingly influential science.

Volumes published:

Thomas S. Kuhn. L'estructura de les revolucions científiques. Santa Coloma de Queralt: Obrador Edèndum, 2007.
Originally published in 1962, is perhaps the most influential historical –and philosophical- analysis of scientific development in the twentieth century. In his book, Kuhn fostered his famous theory of a scientific evolution based in the alternation of periods of normal science and revolutions that lead to a shift of paradigm. L’estructura embodies the publishers’ aim of providing translations of classic books that have deeply transformed the way in which the very nature of science is understood. In the Catalan edition, the book is accompanied by an essay by John L. Heilbron situating Kuhn’s ideas in context and evaluating its reception, and a presentation of this series by Xavier Roqué.

Dominique Pestre. Ciència, diners i política. Un assaig d'interpretació. Santa Coloma de Queralt: Obrador Edèndum, PURV, 2008.
The second part of the series Ciència i acció constitutes historically informed essays on contemporary science. Pestre uses history to explain how the current techno-scientific system was reached, with its main characteristics such as the privatization of knowledge and the strengthening of relationships between science and economy. Even if this essay is focused on the last few years of the twentieth century, the book also approaches relationships between science and the economic, industrial and military worlds in previous periods.

Marie Curie. Pierre Curie. Santa Coloma de Queralt: Obrador Edèndum, PURV, 2009.
The third volume of the series contains three texts related to the life and work of Pierre and Marie Curie, the three texts are very relevant to understanding key aspects of the relationship between science and society during throughout the twentieth century. The first text is the biography of Pierre Curie (1859-1906) Marie Curie (1867-1934) published in 1923 and is a prime witness of the scientific and vital itinerary of the couple. The second text is the study that his eldest daughter, Irène Joliot-Curie (1897-1956), leading scientists in itself, made the laboratory notebooks for the discovery of polonium and radium, a study that was incorporated into the biography Pierre Curie in a reedition of 1955. Finally, the edition includes excerpts from the diary of Marie for the period 1906-1907 and relating to the accidental death of Pierre. Pierre Curie's biography, along with photographs that have shown from the second French edition, and most of which are also reproduced, are the foundation of the heroic image of Marie Curie, who contributed so decisively to the construction of its public person and the historical reconstruction of discovery of radium.

Publishing council:
Àlvar Martínez Vidal
Jorge Molero
Agustí Nieto-Galán
Xavier Roqué

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