ISBN-10:
067400647X
ISBN-13:
9780674006478
Pub. Date:
10/28/2001
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Facing Up: Science and Its Cultural Adversaries / Edition 1

Facing Up: Science and Its Cultural Adversaries / Edition 1

by Steven Weinberg

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674006478
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.39(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Steven Weinberg is Josey-Welch Foundation Chair in Science and Regental Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and is the author of many books. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979 and the National Medal of Science in 1991.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Science as a Liberal Art

2. Newtonianism, Reductionism, and the Art of Congressional Testimony

3. Newton's Dream

4. Confronting O'Brien

5. The Heritage of Galileo

6. Nature Itself

7. The Boundaries of Scientific Knowledge

8. The Methods of Science...

and Those by Which We Live

9. Night Thoughts of a Quantum Physicist

10. Reductionism Redux

11. Physics and History

12. Sokal's Hoax

13. Science and Sokal's Hoax: An Exchange

14. Before the Big Bang

15. Zionism and Its Adversaries

16. The Red Camaro

17. The Non-Revolution of Thomas Kuhn

18. T. S. Kuhn's Non-Revolution: An Exchange

19. The Great Reduction: Physics in the Twentieth Century

20. A Designer Universe?

21. "A Designer Universe?": An Exchange

22. Five and a Half Utopias

23. Looking for Peace in the Science Wars

Sources

Index

What People are Saying About This

In this wonderful and compelling collection of essays, Steven Weinberg--one of the greatest and most influential of physicists--convincingly argues that the more we discover about the laws governing the cosmos, the less it seems that we have any special status or role to play. While Weinberg may well be right regarding the absence of a divine plan for human beings, you cannot help leaving these finely written essays feeling uplifted by the boundless curiosity and ingenuity of the human spirit.

Brian Greene

In this wonderful and compelling collection of essays, Steven Weinberg--one of the greatest and most influential of physicists--convincingly argues that the more we discover about the laws governing the cosmos, the less it seems that we have any special status or role to play. While Weinberg may well be right regarding the absence of a divine plan for human beings, you cannot help leaving these finely written essays feeling uplifted by the boundless curiosity and ingenuity of the human spirit.
Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe

Eric J. Chaisson

Steven Weinberg is a national treasure. Not only is he one of America's greatest physicists, he is also a delightful essayist as well. In Facing Up, he addresses the issues of objectivity, reductionism, and the nature of science in rightful ways sure to outrage postmodernists.
Eric J. Chaisson, author of Cosmic Evolution

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