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Einstein, History, and Other Passions: The Rebellion against Science at the End of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Einstein, History, and Other Passions: The Rebellion against Science at the End of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Gerald HoltonGerald Holton


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“[The] book makes a wonderfully cohesive whole. It is rich in ideas, elegantly expressed. I highly recommend it to any serious student of science and culture.”—Lucy Horwitz, Boston Book Review

“An important and lasting contribution to a more profound understanding of the place of science in our culture.”—Hans C. von Baeyer, Boston Sunday Globe

“[Holton’s] themes are central to an understanding of the nature of science, and Holton does an excellent job of identifying and explaining key features of the scientific enterprise, both in the historical sense and in modern science…I know of no better informed scientist who has studied the nature of science for half a century.”—Ron Good, Science and Education

Through his rich exploration of Einstein’s thought, Gerald Holton shows how the best science depends on great intuitive leaps of imagination, and how science is indeed the creative expression of the traditions of Western civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674004337
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/15/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)

About the Author

Gerald Holton is Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics, and Research Professor of History of Science, Harvard University.

Table of Contents


Part One: Science in History

What Place for Science at the "End of the Modern Era"?

The Public Image of Science

"Doing One's Damndest": The Evolution of Trust in Scientific Findings

Imagination in Science

Understanding the History of Science

Part Two: Learning from Einstein

Einstein's Influence on the Culture of Our Time

Einstein and the Goal of Science

Of Physics, Love, and Other Passions: The Letters of Albert and Mileva

"What, Precisely, Is Thinking?"...Einstein's Answer




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