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  • The Universe in Zero Wordsby Dana Mackenzie

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 19.95

    Most popular books about science, and even about mathematics, tiptoe around equations as if they were something to be hidden from the reader's tender eyes. Dana Mackenzie starts from the opposite premise: He celebrates equations. No history of art would be complete without pictures. Why, then, should a history of mathematics--the universal language... more...

  • Science and Spiritualityby Michael Ruse

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 18.00

    Michael Ruse offers a new analysis of the often troubled relationship between science and religion. more...

  • Naturalistic Hermeneuticsby C. Mantzavinos

    Cambridge University Press 2005; US$ 28.00

    Naturalistic Hermeneutics, first published in 2005, shows how 'meaningful' materials can be dealt with using the hypothetico-deductive method. more...

  • The Systems View of Lifeby Fritjof Capra; Pier Luigi Luisi

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 32.00

    The first volume to integrate life's biological, cognitive, social, and ecological dimensions into a single, coherent framework. more...

  • The Swerveby Stephen Greenblatt

    Random House 2011; US$ 15.84

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NONFICTION Almost six hundred years ago, a short, genial man took a very old manuscript off a library shelf. With excitement, he saw what he had discovered and ordered it copied. The book was a miraculously surviving copy of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things by Lucretius and... more...

  • Data, Instruments, and Theoryby Robert John Ackermann

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Robert John Ackermann deals decisively with the problem of relativism that has plagued post-empiricist philosophy of science. Recognizing that theory and data are mediated by data domains (bordered data sets produced by scientific instruments), he argues that the use of instruments breaks the dependency of observation on theory and thus creates a... more...

  • It Started with Copernicusby Keith Parsons

    Prometheus Books 2014; US$ 11.99

    A unique approach to the philosophy of science that focuses on the liveliest and most important controversies surrounding science Is science more rational or objective than any other intellectual endeavor? Are scientific theories accurate depictions of reality or just useful devices for manipulating the environment? These core questions are the... more...

  • Atom and Voidby J. Robert Oppenheimer

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the outstanding physicists of his generation. He was also an immensely gifted writer and speaker, who thought deeply about the way that scientific discoveries have changed the way people live and think. Displaying his subtlety of thought and expression as do few other documents, this book of his lectures discusses... more...

  • Science a la Modeby Tony Rothman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    These iconoclastic and witty essays are about what happens when scientists jump on band-wagons. Tony Rothman applies creative skepticism to contemporary fashions in science, including the "standard model" Big Bang theory, geodesic domes, the concept of nuclear winter, and sociological applications of the second law of thermodynamics. "Rothman proves... more...

  • Philosophy, Science, and Historyby Lydia Patton

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 49.95

    Philosophy, Science, and History: A Guide and Reader is a compact overview of the history and philosophy of science that aims to introduce students to the groundwork of the field, and to stimulate innovative research. The general introduction focuses on scientific theory change, assessment, discovery, and pursuit. Part I of the Reader begins with... more...