Einstein, History, and Other Passions: The Rebellion against Science at the End of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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“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.
About the Author
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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