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Understanding Science First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0879757243
ISBN-10: 0879757248
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Strahler ( Science and Earth History ) here admirably meets his goal of making the philosophy of science accessible to general readers. With a full appreciation for the limits of science, he is as willing to draw the epistomological line at 20th-century scientism as he is to create a friendly border with mysticism. He admits to his discussion such pseudosciences as parapsychology and creationism (although placing them under house arrest) to show how truly scientific thinking is easily debased. Although not offered as a textbook, this is a formal epistomology laced with precis of other works in the sociology of science. In the six chapters of the first section, "Science--Once over Lightly," Strahler demonstrates how science interacts with religion, philosophy and logic and with its own history. While this organizational approach is less successful in the second section, "Science and Other Knowledge Fields," this volume merits a high place on the popular science reading list.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879757248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879757243
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,881,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone knows how deeply science has effected our lives, yet few have any idea how science works.

For anyone who is curious about how science works, this is a must-read. Far from being a child's primer yet crystal-clear in defining the complex issues involved in scientific inquiry, this book has much to offer both layman and scientist alike. Strahler is fearless yet rigorous in his treatment of the methods & consequences of science, and he devotes equal time to exploring the weaknesses inherent in the scientific method (i.e., what it cannot do), as well as to the consequences of scientific ignorance. It is Strahler's passion for the truth that keeps this potentially-dry subject from going stale, and it's a passion that's infectious. The chapters on the supernatural, religion, creationism, and the impact of science on ethics are among the most lucid I have ever read. This is a book to set alongside the best of Carl Sagan, and, I daresay, is better.
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