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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...

  • 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...

  • A Second Genesisby Julian Chela-Flores

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2008; US$ 91.00

    A Second Genesis enquires why nature is intelligible. The fast growth of technology and deeper understanding of the humanities have provided significant clues. Answering the question why nature can be understood requires an introduction to the new science of astrobiology and the exploration of the Solar System. A careful discussion of a “second... more...

  • 30-Second Theoriesby Paul Parsons; Martin Rees

    Icon Books 2012; US$ 11.65

    When it comes to big science, very few things are conclusively known. From Quantum Mechanics to Natural Selection, what we have instead are theories ? ideas explain why things happen the way they do. We don?t know for certain these are correct ? no one ever saw the Big Bang ? but with them we can paint beautiful, breathtaking pictures of everything... 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...

  • 50 Philosophy of Science Ideas You Really Need to Knowby Gareth Southwell

    Quercus Publishing 2013; US$ 5.99

    The essential overview of the key philosophical ideas and controversies that have shaped the world of science. more...

  • Science, Myth or Magicby S. Anthony Barnett

    Allen & Unwin 2000; US$ 27.22

    Science, Myth or Magic? is an entertaining, no-nonsense look at the place of science in our world. It shows that science can serve both truth and humanity, and act as a worthwhile tool in making sense of our present predicament. more...

  • Drawing Out Leviathanby Keith M. Parsons

    Indiana University Press 2001; US$ 15.95

    "... are dinosaurs social constructs? Do we really know anything about dinosaurs? Might not all of our beliefs about dinosaurs merely be figments of the paleontological imagination? A few years ago such questions would have seemed preposterous, even nonsensical. Now they must have a serious ... more...

  • Science and Poetryby Mary Midgley

    RoutledgeFalmer 2000; US$ 14.95

    A much needed and clear investigation of why and how science has so powerfully shaped the way we understand ourselves, our behaviour towards others and our place in the world. With her customary sharp insight and clear prose, renowned moral philosopher Mary Midgely criticises our 17th century inheritance of breaking the world up into small parts... more...