Oracles Of Science

Oracles Of Science

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by Karl Giberson, Mariano Artigas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195310721

ISBN-13: 9780195310726

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Biologists Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins, and Edward O. Wilson, and physicists Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Steven Weinberg have become public intellectuals, articulating a much larger vision for science and what role it should play in the modern worldview. The scientific prestige and literary eloquence of each of these great thinkers combine to transform

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Biologists Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins, and Edward O. Wilson, and physicists Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Steven Weinberg have become public intellectuals, articulating a much larger vision for science and what role it should play in the modern worldview. The scientific prestige and literary eloquence of each of these great thinkers combine to transform them into what can only be called oracles of science. Curiously, the leading "oracles of science" are predominantly secular in ways that don't reflect the distribution of religious beliefs within the scientific community. Many of them are even hostile to religion, creating a false impression that science as a whole is incompatible with religion. Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas offer an informed analysis of the views of these six scientists, carefully distinguishing science from philosophy and religion in the writings of the oracles.

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ISBN-13:
9780195310726
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Oracles of Science     3
A Good Devil's Chaplain: Richard Dawkins     19
Rocks of Ages and the Ages of the Rocks: Stephen Jay Gould     53
Reading the Mind of God: Stephen Hawking     87
A Light in the Darkness: Carl Sagan     123
Understanding a Pointless Universe: Steven Weinberg     159
A Pulitzer for the Ants: Edward O. Wilson     193
Conclusion: Science and Beyond     225
Notes     237
Bibliography     259
Index     269

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Oracles Of Science 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Allen81 More than 1 year ago
The authors do an excellent job of analysis of the position being taken by the persons who are considered to be the authorities---Oracles---of Science. The departure from science into philosophy is clearly shown. It is quite a revelation.