Reliable Knowledge: An Exploration of the Grounds for Belief in Science / Edition 1

Reliable Knowledge: An Exploration of the Grounds for Belief in Science / Edition 1

by John M. Ziman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521406706

ISBN-13: 9780521406703

Pub. Date: 05/02/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Why believe in the findings of science? John Ziman argues that scientific knowledge is not uniformly reliable, but rather like a map representing a country we cannot visit. He shows how science has many elements, including alongside its experiments and formulae the language and logic, patterns and preconceptions, facts and fantasies used to illustrate and express its…  See more details below

Overview

Why believe in the findings of science? John Ziman argues that scientific knowledge is not uniformly reliable, but rather like a map representing a country we cannot visit. He shows how science has many elements, including alongside its experiments and formulae the language and logic, patterns and preconceptions, facts and fantasies used to illustrate and express its findings. These elements are variously combined by scientists in their explanations of the material world as it lies outside our everyday experience. John Ziman's book offers at once a valuably clear account and a radically challenging investigation of the credibility of scientific knowledge, searching widely across a range of disciplines for evidence about the perceptions, paradigms and analogies on which all our understanding depends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521406703
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/02/1991
Series:
Canto original Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Grounds for an inquiry; 2. Unambiguous communication; 3. Common observation; 4. World maps and pictures; 5. The stuff of reality; 6. The world of science; 7. Social knowledge; Index.

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