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

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

by E. Brian Davies
     
 

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. A…  See more details below

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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 defence 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

1Perception and Language1
2Theories of the Mind33
3Arithmetic61
4How Hard can Problems Get?85
5Pure Mathematics99
6Mechanics and Astronomy143
7Probability and Quantum Theory171
8Is Evolution a Theory?203
9Against Reductionism235
10Some Final Thoughts253
Bibliography281
Index289

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