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On Understanding Science: An Historical Approach (Hardcover)

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The language, customs, and manners of scientists are frequently unintelligible to the rest of the population, and there is considerable danger that the ideas and forces that are moving mountains will be increasingly inaccessible tothose outside the laboratories. The peril of such a situation to a democracy, where understanding must be assumed to be fairly general, is probably as great in the realm of ideas as the physical danger of the instruments of destruction. Dr. Conant sets out to show how the gulf can be bridged. Instead of a series of assertions about science being ordered knowledge, or the classification of facts, he presents a historical view of a number of the great scientists, of what their generation knew of their subjects, of the problem they set out to examine, and of how they solved it. The reader is enabled to follow the scientific method at work, with all its limitations and wonders.

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Publisher Yale University Press
Mfg Part# 9780300136555
SKU 205470205
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0300136552
Release Date 7/23/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0164
Publisher Yale University Press
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