The Ozone Layer: A Philosophy of Science Perspective

The Ozone Layer: A Philosophy of Science Perspective

by Maureen Christie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521650720

ISBN-13: 9780521650724

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

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…  See more details below

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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:
9780521650724
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of abbreviations
Preface
1Introduction1
Pt. IHistory of the understanding of stratospheric ozone
2Stratospheric ozone before 19609
3Chlorinated fluorocarbons17
4The Supersonic Transport (SST) debate23
5Molina and Rowland: chlorine enters the story29
6Too much of a good thing? Crucial data backlog in the Antarctic ozone hole discovery38
7Antarctic ozone hole - theories and investigations53
8Completing the picture: from AAOE to 199466
Pt. IIPhilosophical issues arising from the history
9Prediction in science73
10The crucial experiment93
11Positive and negative evidence in theory selection122
12Branches and sub-branches of science: problems at disciplinary boundaries149
13Scientific evidence and powerful computers: new problems for philosophers of science?159
14The scientific consensus169
References205
Index212

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