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  • The Common Sense of Scienceby Jacob Bronowski

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 16.03

    Jacob Bronowski was, with Kenneth Clarke, the greatest popularizer of serious ideas in Britain between the mid 1950s and the early 1970s. Trained as a mathematician, he was equally at home with painting and physics, and wrote a series of brilliant books that tried to break down the barriers between 'the two cultures'. He denounced 'the destructive... more...

  • The Very Idea of Modern Scienceby Joseph Agassi

    Springer 2012; US$ 129.00

    This book is a study of the scientific revolution as a movement of amateur science. It describes the ideology of the amateur scientific societies as the philosophy of the Enlightenment Movement and their social structure and the way they made modern science such a magnificent institution. It also shows what was missing in the scientific organization... more...

  • The Berlin Group and the Philosophy of Logical Empiricismby Nikolay Milkov; Volker Peckhaus

    Springer 2011; US$ 129.00

    The Berlin Group for scientific philosophy was active between 1928 and 1933 and was closely related to the Vienna Circle. In 1930, the leaders of the two Groups, Hans Reichenbach and Rudolf Carnap, launched the journal Erkenntnis. However, between the Berlin Group and the Vienna Circle, there was not only close relatedness but also significant difference.... more...

  • New Challenges to Philosophy of Scienceby Hanne Andersen; Dennis Dieks; Wenceslao J. Gonzalez; Thomas Uebel; Gregory Wheeler

    Springer 2013; US$ 229.00

    This volume is a serious attempt to open up the subject of European philosophy of science to real thought, and provide the structural basis for the interdisciplinary development of its specialist fields, but also to provoke reflection on the idea of ‘European philosophy of science’. This efforts should foster a contemporaneous reflection... more...

  • The Enlightenment Visionby Stuart Jordan

    Prometheus Books 2013; US$ 12.99

    This thought-provoking analysis evaluates the progress that global society has made since the Enlightenment. The author begins by pointing out features of present-day society that are the direct descendants of the Enlightenment's discoveries and advances: our technology, modern medicine, science-based worldview, democratic political institutions, and... more...

  • Genes, Cells and Brainsby Hilary Rose; Steven Rose

    Verso Books 2013; US$ 19.95

    Our fates lie in our genes and not in the stars, said James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. But Watson could not have predicted the scale of the industry now dedicated to this new frontier. Since the launch of the multibillion-dollar Human Genome Project, the biosciences have promised miracle cures and radical new ways of understanding... more...

  • The Night Sky, Updated and Expanded Editionby Richard Grossinger; Bernadette Mayer

    North Atlantic Books 2014; US$ 29.95

    Ever since Homo sapiens first looked up at the stars, we as a species have been looking for meaning in the mysteries of the night sky. Over the millennia, as our knowledge, science, and technology developed, the stories we told ourselves about the universe and our place in it developed as well. In The Night Sky, Richard Grossinger traces those... 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...