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A Guide to Science Studies that Even Richard Dawkins Can Understand. There is no scarcity of books that claim to reveal what science "really" is. Most of them have exactly one of two virtues: Either they are historically, philosophically or sociologically well-informed, or they show a profound knowledge of present-day cutting edge science from the scientific practitioners' view. In a remarkable accomplishment, scientist and philosopher Dominique Chu combines both: His book combines scholarly sophistication with up-to-date discussions about "hot topics" such as complex systems, systems biology, evidence-based health care, neuroscience and more. Written in a language that anybody above the age of 14 can understand, the book offers ample food for thought for everyone - for university students; science vs religion combatants; citizens thrilled or concerned by modern science and technology; and not the least scientists themselves. In particular, practising scientists will finally have a book that translates contemporary philosophical and sociological research on science, technology and society into messages that they can understand and relate to. I will not be surprised if "The Science Myth" finds its way into science curricula all the way from the high school level to the PhD. -Prof. Roger Strand, University of Bergen, Norway -

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Dr. Chu is lecturer in computer science at the University of Kent, UK. His research focuses on computational models of living systems and biocomplexity. He also regularly publishes on philosophy of science.

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  • Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Iff Books (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782790470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782790471
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on June 20, 2013
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Dr. Dominique Chu's "The Science Myth" is a book in search of a title, and a sometimes difficult voyage to a fetching, final destination. The book is subtitled "God, society, the self and what we will never know," which by all appearances means another front in the war between doctrine and research. But as Chu states early on, it is not: "In this book, I will not be interested in religion," and elsewhere: "I do not wish to become part of the culture war." He models bio-molecular systems and publishes titles such as "The architecture of eukaryotic translation" and "Qualitative models of particle de-agglomeration," so this is clearly not an uninformed protest pamphlet.

The thesis of book--that "science is what scientists do" and that its simplifications remove it from real-world complexity--is evident in every page. Even the general-interest reader will immediately recognize Chu's first example: the law of falling bodies. Galileo Galilei proposed that objects of different masses will fall at the same speed when friction is eliminated. The idea is fascinating, but has absolutely no use outside of the laboratory or away from the chalkboard. In other words, don't expect a hammer falling toward your foot to behave in the same way as, say, a dropped feather. And don't make science more than it is.

If it seems like a long trip between Galileo and problems of the self, it is. Chu vows not to patronize the reader, and he makes good on the oath, dedicating significant space to the work of Newton, Einstein, Monod, and von Neumann. Expect complete, informed discussions of relativity, thermodynamics, and computer science. The early chapters most deliver when comparing one branch of science to another: the mathematical purity of physics to the sunscreen-and-trail-mix excursions of biology.
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