On Science

On Science

by Brian Ridley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415249805

ISBN-13: 9780415249805

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Can science explain everything? Brian Ridley, a physicist himself, explores this question and more in this compelling exploration of both the scope and limits of science. Tracing back to the roots of scientific thinking in a world of 'magical ideas', he argues that science shares more with magic than we are often led to believe.
The book also explores the often…  See more details below

Overview

Can science explain everything? Brian Ridley, a physicist himself, explores this question and more in this compelling exploration of both the scope and limits of science. Tracing back to the roots of scientific thinking in a world of 'magical ideas', he argues that science shares more with magic than we are often led to believe.
The book also explores the often overlooked relationship between science and mathematics and the uneasy relationship between the two. This is neatly linked to a fascinating discussion of relativity and quantum theory, reminding us of the many perspectives on offer within science. On
Science
is essential reading for all those interested in the way we think about and picture science, where it is now, and where it is going.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415249805
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Thinking in Action Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2The Limits of Science16
3Metascience40
4Science and Magic65
5The Magical Theory of Everything81
6The Music of the Spheres96
7Science and Mathematics109
8Numbers130
9Quantum Magic141
10Science and the Mind164
11Science and Society181
12Science and Art196
13Science and Sensibility204
Notes217
Index221

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