Science, Technology and the Nation
Some current, recent and earlier publications by Dr Roy H W Johnston,
mostly socio-economic, socio-technical, socio-political, some historical, in all cases related to the interaction of global scientific culture with the local national techno-economic culture, mostly in the Irish context.
(c)All this material is copyright to the author
As background to this work I have collected over the years a good few books, which I am in the process of listing in a (growing) classified catalogue. Any person or organisation interested in taking over selected volumes or groupings is welcome to contact me; the address can be reconstructed from rjtechne at iol dot ie. RHWJ March 2012.
TABLE of CONTENTS
- Objectives of this web-site.
- Links to selected professional, political, cultural and other related sites.
- Primarily related to Current Politics, including the current 'decade of centenaries', current long-term issues such as Energy and Climate Change, as well as European, constituional and other issues: this should mostly be regarded as 'work in progress' and subject to revision:
- Primarily Science-related (though with a political flavour): mostly published:
- In EASTS (East Asian Science, Tecnology and Society) Vol 5 #2 2011:Global Networking: the Core-Fringe Problem (an analysis of the June 2010 STEP conference in Galway, suggesting its potential global significance).
- Article on Energy Issues in Organic Production and Marketing published in the July-August 2008 issue of Organic Matters, published by the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA).
- Some notes on Local Food Supply in a Global Context, arising from the August 2007 world Quaker conference in Dublin.
- Notes and comments arising from the August 2007 Feasta Climate Change seminar at the 'Green Gathering' at Woodbrook, Bunclody, Co Wexford.
- In IFIP WG9.4 July 2006: Some Reflections on ICT and Development (in the Bernal tradition);
- Limerick seminar June 2006: Bernal Institute: a Possible Approach?.
- Chapter on JD Bernal in Physicists of Ireland, published by the Institute of Physics, 2003;
- Selected book reviews relating to science;
- Miscellaneous Science Policy Papers 1970-2001, including some Sustainability ideas for Teagasc;
- The Boyle Medal of the RDS as a measure of scientific esteem: an account of the century 1899-1999;
- Science in India (Science and Public Policy Feb 1997);
- Scientific Culture and National
Identity: a 1995 hypertext construction based on several works on this theme;
- The Practical Arts in Irish Culture (Causeway, Belfast, Sept 1993);
- Physics on the Fringe (Physics Today July 1992, unabridged version);
- A vision for Dublin public transport (1991).
- Steps towards the development of a Regional Policy (1990).
- Science in a Post-colonial Culture (Irish Review Spring 1990, full version);
- The British Association in Ireland (Crane Bag 1983, version cleaned up; there were many misprints!);
- In Search of Techne (Irish Times Science and Technology Column 1970-1976, grouped and edited).
- Primarily politics-related, though sometimes with a scientific flavour: also mostly published:
Objectives of this web-site: a 'mission statement':
This web site is mainly a record of publications by RHWJ which explore the relationship between the evolving culture of science, with its roots in ancient Greece, mediaeval Islam, the European Renaissance and the Enlightenment, and the (also evolving) culture of Irish nationality, with its roots in a complex variety of local economic, social, political, linguistic and religious traditions.
It is also dedicated to exploring how this experience might be of value in other emergent nations making the transition from colonial to post-colonial status, and to fostering the convergence of all scientific specialist disciplines, including the physical, biological, social, economic and political sciences, towards a holistic philosophical dynamic.
The site is under continuous development and comments are welcome. The author may be contacted by e-mail, with an address which can be reconstructed from the URL of this site, according to convention.
Some navigational notes:
The foregoing gives an initial listing of the works covered in this site. In any of the modules, if a highlighted word is accompanied by a number, it brings up a footnote, or a hotlinked reference in a related reference-page. In most browsers, if you click on the 'Back' button, it will bring to to the point of departure in the document from which you came.
Copyright (c)Dr Roy Johnston 2012