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Philosophy & Social Aspects

  • From Matter to Lifeby Sara Imari Walker; Paul C. W. Davies; George F. R. Ellis

    Cambridge University Press 2017; US$ 28.00

    This book tackles the most difficult and profound open questions about life and its origins from an information-based perspective. more...

  • Quantum Fuzzby Michael S. Walker

    Prometheus Books 2017; US$ 11.99

    Quantum physics has turned our commonsense notion of reality on its head. This accessible book describes in layperson's terms the strange phenomena that exist at the quantum level--a world of tiny dimensions where nothing is absolutely predictable, where we rethink causality, and information seemingly travels faster than light. The author, a veteran... more...

  • Die Freiheit der Wissenschaftby Franz Himpsl

    Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2017; US$ 38.35

    Franz Himpsl bietet einen philosophischen Beitrag zur Frage: Wie frei soll die Wissenschaft sein? Anhand der beiden Metaphern ?Spiel? und ?Maschine? entwirft er das Ideal einer gesellschaftlich relevanten Wissenschaft, die zugleich in ihrer Eigengesetzlichkeit ernstgenommen wird. Dabei werden klassische Wissenschaftsfreiheits-Argumente mit der hochschulpolitischen... more...

  • Zielkonflikte der Nachhaltigkeitby Marc Dusseldorp

    Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2017; US$ 38.35

    Im vorliegenden Buch entwickelt Marc Dusseldorp eine gänzlich neue Perspektive auf das Problem des Umgangs mit Zielkonflikten der Nachhaltigkeit. Es wird gezeigt, dass nicht die Anwendung von Entscheidungs- oder Abwägungsverfahren, sondern eine szenarienbasierte Bewertung angebracht ist. Der Schlüssel zu diesem neuen Problemverständnis liegt in... more...

  • The Usefulness of Useless Knowledgeby Abraham Flexner; Robbert Dijkgraaf

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 9.95 US$ 9.05

    A forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, with the intent of creating products of immediate value. In such a scenario, it makes sense to focus on the most identifiable and urgent problems, right? Actually, it doesn't. In his classic essay "The... more...

  • Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Scienceby Matthew Slater; Zanja Yudell

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 71.99

    This volume of new essays, written by leading philosophers of science, explores a broadly methodological question: what role should metaphysics play in our philosophizing about science? The essays address this question both through ground-level investigations of particular issues in the metaphysics of science and by more general methodological investigations. more...

  • Truth, Objects, Infinityby Fabrice Pataut

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 116.76

    This volume features essays about and by Paul Benacerraf, whose ideas have circulated in the philosophical community since the early nineteen sixties, shaping key areas in the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of logic, and epistemology. The book started as a workshop held in Paris at the Collège de France in May... more...

  • Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book)by HRH The Prince of Wales; Tony Juniper; Emily Shuckburgh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2017; US$ 11.27

    Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Climate Change is a clear, simple and enlightening introduction to one of the most important issues facing our world today. From HRH The Prince of Wales, environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh, it explains the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and explores... more...

  • Wilhelm Ostwaldby Robert Smail Jack; Fritz Scholz

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 127.37

    This book is the translated and commented autobiography of Wilhelm Ostwald (1853-1932), who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1909. It is the first translation of the German original version ?Lebenslinien: Eine Selbstbiographie,? published by Ostwald in 1926/27, and has been painstakingly translated. The book includes comments and explanations,... more...

  • What Goes Up... Gravity and Scientific Methodby Peter Kosso

    Cambridge University Press 2017; US$ 40.00

    This book explores the history of gravity, from Aristotle to Einstein, as a detailed case study for explaining scientific method for non-specialists. more...