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Overview

One of the foremost scientists and thinkers of our time, David Bohm worked alongside Oppenheimer and Einstein. In Science, Order and Creativity he and physicist F. David Peat propose a return to greater creativity and communication in the sciences. They ask for a renewed emphasis on ideas rather than formulae, on the whole rather than fragments, and on meaning rather than mere mechanics. Tracing the history of science from Aristotle to Einstein, from the Pythagorean theorem to quantum mechanics, the authors offer intriguing new insights into how scientific theories come into being, how to eliminate blocks to creativity and how science can lead to a deeper understanding of society, the human condition and the human mind itself. Science, Order and Creativity looks to the future of science with elegance, hope and enthusiasm.

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Bohm (theoretical physics, Birkbeck College, deceased) and Peat (an author, no university affiliation) argue that science must go beyond a narrow and fragmented view of nature and embrace a wider holistic view that emphasizes the importance of human creativity and communication. Chapters discuss the role of communication and creativity in science, the concept of order, the difference between generative and implicate order, and the importance of creativity in life. This edition also includes a new chapter outlining the concerns motivating the book. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415584852
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/8/2010
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 0.52 (w) x 0.77 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bohm (1917-1992) was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College, London, and one of the most original thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century.

F. David Peat (b. 1938) is a holistic physicist and author of several books on the subjects of science, art, philosophy, psychology and society.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Revolutions, Theories, and Creativity in Science 15
2 Science as Creative Perception-Communication 63
3 What Is Order? 104
4 The Generative Order and the Implicate Order 151
5 Generative Order in Science, Society, and Consciousness 192
6 Creativity in the Whole of Life 229
7 The Order Between and Beyond 272
Index 307
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