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  • Reality Checkby Donald R. Prothero; Michael Shermer; Pat Linse

    Indiana University Press 2013; US$ 29.99

    The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country?all are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect... more...

  • Practical Applications of the Philosophy of Scienceby Peter Truran

    Springer 2013; US$ 49.99

    Explores the practical applicability of the philosophy of science to scientific research, but also considers its relevance to practice within the realms of technology,  design, crafts, and even within the world of arts and the humanities.   The attempt to engage working scientists with the issues raised by the philosophy of science... more...

  • 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...

  • 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. Scientistswere heroes, selflessly pursuing knowledge for the common good.More recently, a series of scientific scandals, frauds and failureshave led us to question science’s pre-eminence. Revelationssuch as Climategate, or debates about the safety of the MMRvaccine, have dented our confidence... 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...

  • Scientific Explanationby Erik Weber; Jeroen Van Bouwel; Leen De Vreese

    Springer 2013; US$ 49.95

    When scientist investigate why things happen, they aim at giving an explanation. But what does a scientific explanation look like In the first chapter (Theories of Scientific Explanation) ?of this book, the milestones in the debate on how to characterize scientific explanations are exposed. The second chapter (How to Study Scientific Explanation) scrutinizes... 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...

  • Interpreting Gödelby Juliette Kennedy

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 76.00

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