Science and Method

Science and Method

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ISBN-13: 9781890318826
Publisher: St. Augustine's Press
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Series: Key Texts Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface5
Introduction9
I.The Scientist and Science
I.The Selection of Facts15
II.The Future of Mathematics25
III.Mathematical Discovery46
IV.Chance64
II.Mathematical Reasoning
I.The Relativity of Space93
II.Mathematical Definitions and Education117
III.Mathematics and Logic143
IV.The New Logics160
V.The Last Efforts of the Logisticians177
III.The New Mechanics
I.Mechanics and Radium199
II.Mechanics and Optics213
III.The New Mechanics and Astronomy235
IV.Astronomical Science
I.The Milky Way and the Theory of Gases253
II.French Geodesy270
General Conclusions284

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Science and Method (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ewrinc on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have many books by contemporary authors that propose to popularize math, science and philosophy and some are very good. This is an original work by one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. Henri Poincare not only contributed to many different fields of mathematics, but invented a few himself. He was a great expositor of scientific learning and philsophy as well. This little book was extremely influentual in the science world and with the general public early in the 20th century and is still published and a great benefit to today's reader. Even the least curious among us have probably heard Poincare's name bandied about in the past few years' newspapers (Poincre's Conjecture) and most of us have at least heard of Einstein's theory of relativity. Poincare not only had an immense influence on Einstein, he 'almost' had the theory of relativity worked out for himself before Einstein. Science and Method should be a required read by any student of science or philosophy, and it won't hurt the rest of us to broaden and deepen our views. As a side note for any chaos theory aficionados out there; this book is where Poincare discussed some of the basics dynamical systems and why he is sometimes called the "father of chaos theory".