The Unnatural Nature of Science / Edition 1

The Unnatural Nature of Science / Edition 1

by Lewis Wolpert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674929810

ISBN-13: 9780674929814

Pub. Date: 07/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard


How is it that nobody--except maybe scientists--sees science for what it is? In this entertaining and provocative book, Lewis Wolpert draws on the entire history of science, from Thales of Miletus to Watson and Crick, from the study of eugenics to the discovery of the double helix. The result is a scientist's view of the culture of science, authoritative and…  See more details below

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How is it that nobody--except maybe scientists--sees science for what it is? In this entertaining and provocative book, Lewis Wolpert draws on the entire history of science, from Thales of Miletus to Watson and Crick, from the study of eugenics to the discovery of the double helix. The result is a scientist's view of the culture of science, authoritative and informed and at the same time mercifully accessible to those who find cohabiting with this culture a puzzling experience. Science is arguably the defining feature of our age. For anyone who hopes to understand its nature, this lively and thoughtful book provides the perfect starting point.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674929814
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Technology is not Science

Thales's Leap: West and East

Creativity

Competition, Coorperation, and Commitment

Philosophical Doubts, or Relativism Rampant

Non-Science

Moral and Immoral Science

Science and the Public

References

Index

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