Exploding a Myth: Conventional Wisdom or Scientific Truth?

Exploding a Myth: Conventional Wisdom or Scientific Truth?

by Jeremy Dunning-Davies
ISBN-10:
1904275303
ISBN-13:
9781904275305
Pub. Date:
06/28/2007
Publisher:
Elsevier Science

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Exploding a Myth: Conventional Wisdom or Scientific Truth?

In this book Jeremy Dunning-Davies deals with the influence that "conventional wisdom" has on science, scientific research and development. He sets out to 'explode' the mythical conception that all scientific topics are open for free discussion and argues that no-one can openly raise questions about relativity, dispute the 'Big Bang' theory, or the existence of black holes, which all seem to be accepted facts of science rather than science fiction.

In today's modern climate with "Britain's radioactive refuse heap already big enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall" (Edmund Conway, Economics Editor The Daily Telegraph 28.11.06), it is alarming that there are potential advances in hadronic mechanics which could conceivably pave the way for new clean energies and even a safe in-house method for the disposal of nuclear waste, that have not even been considered by the present establishment. These examples are from the field of physics but there can be little doubt that outside factors have affected the progress of most, if not all, branches of science for many years. Factors other than purely scientific ones still appear to be exerting tremendous influences on progress in a wide variety of fields. Is it too idealistic or naïve to expect that science should remain pure and stay unaffected by such factors? Dr Dunning-Davies presents a beautifully written argument that if science is to progress, and be of any real use, these external factors must be held at bay.

  • Investigates the influence that "conventional wisdom" has on science, scientific research and development

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904275305
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.18(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Dunning-Davies, University of Hull, UK

Table of Contents

Einstein’s biggest blunder? Einstein’s theories of relativity; Big bang theory – controversial or not? The Schwartzchild solution and black holes; Hadronic mechanics; Conventional wisdom - some modern case studies: Black hole entropy; The Tsallis entropy; The inflationary scenario; String theory; Some final thoughts; Epilogue.

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