Science in the Looking Glass: What Do Scientists Really Know?

Science in the Looking Glass: What Do Scientists Really Know?

by E. Brian Davies
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0198525435

ISBN-13: 9780198525431

Pub. Date: 10/09/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this wide-ranging book, Brian Davies discusses the basis for scientists’ claims to knowledge about the world. He looks at science historically, emphasizing not only the achievements of scientists from Galileo onwards, but also their mistakes. He rejects the claim that all scientific knowledge is provisional, by citing examples from chemistry, biology and geology.

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In this wide-ranging book, Brian Davies discusses the basis for scientists’ claims to knowledge about the world. He looks at science historically, emphasizing not only the achievements of scientists from Galileo onwards, but also their mistakes. He rejects the claim that all scientific knowledge is provisional, by citing examples from chemistry, biology and geology. A major feature of the book is its defense of the view that mathematics was invented rather than discovered. While experience has shown that disentangling scientific knowledge from opinion and aspiration is a hard task, this book provides a clear guide to the difficulties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198525431
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/09/2003
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Perception and Language
2. Theories of the Mind
3. Arithmetic
4. How Hard can Problems get?
5. Pure Mathematics
6. Mechanics and Astronomy
7. Probability and Quantum Theory
8. Is Evolution a Theory?
9. Against Reductionism
10. Some Final Thoughts

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