The Ozone Layer: A Philosophy of Science Perspective / Edition 1

The Ozone Layer: A Philosophy of Science Perspective / Edition 1

by Maureen Christie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521659086

ISBN-13: 9780521659086

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521659086
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. History of the Understanding of Stratospheric Ozone: 2. Stratospheric ozone before 1960; 3. Chlorinated fluorocarbons; 4. The supersonic transport (SST) debate; 5. Molina and Rowland: chlorine enters the story; 6. Too much of a good thing? Crucial data backlog in the Antarctic ozone hole discovery; 7. Antarctic ozone hole - theories and investigations; 8. Completing the picture: from AAOE to 1994; Part II. Philosophical Issues Arising from the History: 9. Prediction in science; 10. The crucial experiment; 11. Positive and negative evidence in theory selection; 12. Branches and sub-branches of science: problems at disciplinary boundaries; 13. Scientific evidence and powerful computers: new problems for philosophers of science?; 14. The scientific consensus.

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