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  • Merchants of Doubtby Erik M. Conway; Naomi Oreskes

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99

    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. These scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the... more...

  • Fashionable Nonsenseby Alan Sokal; Jean Bricmont

    Picador 2014; US$ 18.99

    In 1996 physicist Alan Sokal published an essay in Social Text --an influential academic journal of cultural studies--touting the deep similarities between quantum gravitational theory and postmodern philosophy. Soon thereafter, the essay was revealed as a brilliant parody, a catalog of nonsense written in the cutting-edge but impenetrable lingo... more...

  • Merchants of Doubtby Naomi Oreskes; Erik M. Conway

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2010; US$ 17.99

    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the... more...

  • Faith and Wisdom in Scienceby Tom McLeish

    Oxford University Press, USA 2014; US$ 19.99

    "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...

  • Worlds of ScienceCraftby Sal Restivo; Sabrina M. Weiss; Alexander I. Stingl

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    A response to complex problems spanning disciplinary boundaries, Worlds of ScienceCraft offers bold new ways of conceptualizing ideas of science, sociology, and philosophy. Beginning with the historical foundations of civilization and progress, assumptions about the categories we use to talk about minds, identities, and bodies are challenged through... more...

  • Scientific Objectivity and Its Contextsby Evandro Agazzi

    Springer 2014; US$ 179.00

    The first part of this book is of an epistemological nature and develops an original theory of scientific objectivity, understood in a weak sense (as intersubjective agreement among the specialists) and a strong sense (as having precise concrete referents). In both cases it relies upon the adoption of operational criteria designed within the particular... more...

  • Science and Scepticismby John W.N. Watkins

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 51.00

    This book contains important technical innovations, including comparative measures for the testable content, depth, and unity of scientific theories. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton... more...

  • Galileo's Middle Fingerby Alice Dreger

    Penguin Group US 2015; US$ 14.99

    A powerful defense of intellectual freedom told through the ordeals of contemporary scientists attacked for exploring controversial ideas, by a noted science historian and medical activist An investigation of some of the most contentious debates of our time, Galileo?s Middle Finger describes Alice Dreger?s experiences on the front lines... more...

  • Illusion of Separationby Giles Hutchins

    Floris Books 2014;

    Our modern patterns of thinking and learning are all based on observing a world of 'things', which we think of as separate building blocks. This worldview allows us to count and measure objects without their having any innate value; it provides neat definitions and a sense of control over life. However, this approach also sets humans apart from each... 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...