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Tacit knowledge, trust, and the Q of sapphire

Collins, Harold Maurice ORCID: 2000. Tacit knowledge, trust, and the Q of sapphire. [Working Paper]. School of Social Sciences Working Paper Series, vol. 1. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

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Russian measurements of the quality factor (Q) of sapphire, made twenty years ago have only just been repeated in the West. Shortfalls in tacit knowledge have been partly responsible. The idea of tacit knowledge, first put forward by the physical chemist, Michael Polanyi, has been studied and analysed over the last two decades. A new classification of tacit knowledge is offered here and applied to the case of sapphire. The importance of personal contact between scientists is brought out and the sources of trust described. It is suggested that the reproduction of findings could be aided by a small addition to the information contained in experimental reports.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Cardiff University
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 08:31

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