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Fact, Faith and Fiction in the Development of Science : The Gifford Lectures Given in the University of St Andrews 1976 - R. Hooykaas

Fact, Faith and Fiction in the Development of Science

The Gifford Lectures Given in the University of St Andrews 1976

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1999
ISBN: 9780792357742
Number Of Pages: 462

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In this posthumous book, the late Professor R. Hooykaas (1906-1994) conveys a lifetime of historical thought about modes of scientific advance over the centuries. In what variety of ways has the human mind, with all its subjectivity and its capacity for self-deception, but also its piercing gifts of discovery, managed to come to terms with `the whimsical tricks of nature'? Central to this erudite, penetrating, and widely ranging study is Hooykaas's distinction between facts (given by nature yet entirely subject to our mode of interpreting them), faith (broad conceptions like the idea of order, of simplicity, or of harmony), and fictions in the sense of those daring intellectual tools, such as theories and hypotheses and models, which reflect the scientist's creative imagination. Case studies drawn from the history of all branches of science (including chemistry and the earth sciences) and from Antiquity to the present day, serve to widen and to deepen the understanding of every reader (whether a historian of science or not) with a desire to learn more about the realities of the scientific pursuit.

Editors' Foreword
Selected Bibliography of R. Hooykaas
Author's Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 5
On Natural Theologyp. 17
Harmony in Naturep. 27
The Philosopher's Stonep. 79
The Undying Firep. 99
A Tunnel Through the Earthp. 117
'And the Sun Stood Still'p. 147
Thinking With the Handsp. 183
Physical and Mathematical Theoriesp. 229
Works of Nature, Works of Artp. 265
Cleopatra's Nosep. 319
The 'Thinking Reed'p. 343
Notesp. 373
List of Illustrationsp. 425
The Text and Editorial Actions with Regard to Itp. 429
Acknowledgementsp. 433
Indexp. 435
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780792357742
ISBN-10: 0792357744
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science : Book 205
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 30th November 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.84