The Ozone Layer: A Philosophy of Science Perspective

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Overview

The Ozone Layer is an accessible history of stratospheric ozone, from its discovery in the nineteenth century to current investigations of the Antarctic ozone hole. Drawing directly on the scientific literature, Christie uses the story of ozone as a case study for examining fundamental issues relating to the practice of modern science and the conduct of scientific debate. Linking key debates in the philosophy of science to an example of real-world science it is an excellent and thought-provoking introduction to the philosophy of science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521650724
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 227
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of abbreviations
Preface
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I History of the understanding of stratospheric ozone
2 Stratospheric ozone before 1960 9
3 Chlorinated fluorocarbons 17
4 The Supersonic Transport (SST) debate 23
5 Molina and Rowland: chlorine enters the story 29
6 Too much of a good thing? Crucial data backlog in the Antarctic ozone hole discovery 38
7 Antarctic ozone hole - theories and investigations 53
8 Completing the picture: from AAOE to 1994 66
Pt. II Philosophical issues arising from the history
9 Prediction in science 73
10 The crucial experiment 93
11 Positive and negative evidence in theory selection 122
12 Branches and sub-branches of science: problems at disciplinary boundaries 149
13 Scientific evidence and powerful computers: new problems for philosophers of science? 159
14 The scientific consensus 169
References 205
Index 212
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