Science is everywhere, our medicines, our transport, what we eat and drink. Like it or not, we can't make real progress without it. There's just one dilemma ... What if there are profound problems with all aspects of scientific theory and methods?
Could it be that the idea of universal laws underpinning reality is a falsehood and, as a result, we need more and more scientists, and more and more computing power, to produce greater and greater elaborations of our theories to make them fit inconvenient experimental data?
We're being forced to break science down into smaller and smaller sub-specialities, each with ever more divergent theories applicable only to one speciality and not applicable to others. Rather than an underlying unity we are finding only disparity and greater complexity. What's worse, scientists are routinely having to resort to completely untestable concepts, such as many more spatial dimensions and infinite universes, to 'explain' our reality. Throughout the history of science, reputable figures in science and philosophy have been casting doubt on some of the central assumptions of science and its various disciplines.
For the first time, we have a book that dares to summarise these profound concerns in a way that is accessible to the general reader, who lacks a scientific background. It also provides a warning to Mankind of the risks we run by not acknowledging the, often, hollow foundations on which science is built.
|Publisher:||Sparsile Books Ltd|
|Edition description:||Mass Market|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.70(d)|
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Table of Contents
1) Numbers Shmumbers: Why Being ‘Bad with Numbers’ May Actually be a Good Thing 12
2) Science of the Very Large 37
3) Science of the Very Small 57
4) Black Holes and other Mythical Beasts 80
5) The Great Physics War and other Skirmishes 89
6) Chaos and Prediction: Reality Comes Knocking but is Ignored 104
7) The Human Brain and DNA: The Limits of Reductionism 113
8) The Limits of Observation: Donning the Blinkers 131
9) Engineering: The Red-Headed Step-Child of Science
(and just as unfairly treated) 137
10) Medicine and the Body 154
11) Medicine and the Mind 196
12) Social Sciences: Down and Dirty 218
13) Long Timescale Controversies: Evolution and Climate Change 226
14) Risk in Science: Juggling with Chainsaws 249
15) So Now What? 277
Appendix: Some Fundamental Mysteries Still Not Explained
by Science 287
References and Further Reading 294
About the Author 305