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  • 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...

  • Are We All Scientific Experts Nowby Harry Collins

    Wiley 2014; US$ 12.95

    To ordinary people, science used to seem infallible. Scientists were heroes, selflessly pursuing knowledge for the common good. More recently, a series of scientific scandals, frauds and failures have led us to question science’s pre-eminence. Revelations such as Climategate, or debates about the safety of the MMR vaccine, have dented our confidence... more...

  • Faith and Wisdom in Scienceby Tom McLeish

    Oxford University Press, USA 2014; US$ 12.99

    "Do you have wisdom to count the clouds?" asks the voice of God from the whirlwind in the stunningly beautiful catalogue of nature-questions from the Old Testament Book of Job. Tom McLeish takes a scientist's reading of this ancient text as a centrepiece to make the case for science as a deeply human and ancient activity, embedded in... more...

  • Interpreting Gödelby Juliette Kennedy

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 80.00

    In this groundbreaking volume, leading philosophers and mathematicians explore Kurt Gödel's work on the foundations and philosophy of mathematics. 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...

  • 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...

  • Evolution of Life and Formby Annie Besant

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Because of her early work as a secular activist who labored tirelessly in support of activities like increasing women's access to birth control information, it surprised many of Annie Besant's friends and colleagues when she developed a strong interest in the esoteric spiritual practice known as Theosophy. But rather than abandoning her previous... more...

  • Character and Opinion in the United Statesby George Santayana

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    A fascinating figure, the thinker who came to be known as George Santayana was born in Spain, but grew up in the United States. During his formal training in philosophy, Santayana studied under some of the foremost figures of his era, including William James. In the volume Character and Opinion in the United States, the author calls upon his dual status... more...

  • An Introduction to the Philosophy of Scienceby Kent W. Staley

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 24.00

    This book explores central philosophical concepts, issues, and debates in the philosophy of science, both historical and contemporary. more...

  • Philosophy of Scienceby Geoffrey Gorham

    Oneworld Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    So the world didn?t end on 10 September 2008, but the possibility may have got you thinking. Examining core philosophical issues facing scientists, Geoffrey Gorham probes such controversial issues as the Large Hadron Collider, intelligent design, the prospect of human extinction, space colonization, and much more. Geoffrey Gorham is Assistant Professor... more...