Why Beliefs Matter: Reflections on the Nature of Science

Why Beliefs Matter: Reflections on the Nature of Science

by E. Brian Davies
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199586209

ISBN-13: 9780199586202

Pub. Date: 07/22/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book discusses deep problems about our place in the world with a minimum of technical jargon. It argues that 'absolutist' ideas dating back to Plato continue to mislead generations of theoretical physicists and theologians. It explains that the multi-layered nature of our present descriptions of the world is unavoidable, not because of anything about the world

Overview

This book discusses deep problems about our place in the world with a minimum of technical jargon. It argues that 'absolutist' ideas dating back to Plato continue to mislead generations of theoretical physicists and theologians. It explains that the multi-layered nature of our present descriptions of the world is unavoidable, not because of anything about the world but because of our own human natures. It tries to rescue mathematics from the singular and exceptional status that it has been assigned, as much by those who understand it as by those who do not. It provides direct quotations from many of the important contributors to its subject, and concludes with a penetrating criticism of many of the recent contributions to the often acrimonious debates about science and religions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199586202
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/22/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Scientific Revolution
2. The Human Condition
3. The Nature of Mathematics
4. Sense and Nonsense
5. Science and Religion Preface
1. The Scientific Revolution
2. The Human Condition
3. The Nature of Mathematics
4. Sense and Nonsense
5. Science and Religion

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