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Natural Sciences and Human Thought - Robert Zwilling

Natural Sciences and Human Thought

By: Robert Zwilling (Editor)

Paperback ISBN: 9783540575184
Number Of Pages: 228

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Leaving aside for once all utilitarian considerations, this book attempts to demonstrate the role and influence of the natural sciences in the development of human thought and in shaping the way in which we perceive the world. This seems to be particularly necessary in the present day and age, in view of the fact that a large section of the public is scarcely aware of the great cultural contribution that the natural sciences make towards moulding our conception of the world and scarcely acknowledges their function in helping us to find our bearings in a world that is becoming increasingly complex.

Historical and Philosophical Aspects of the Unity of Physics: Scientific Progress by Unificationp. 1
The Emergence of Theoretical Physics in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 13
Physics and Human Thoughtp. 37
Physics as a Cultural Sciencep. 45
Time Flowp. 55
Time's Arrowp. 71
Between Pure and Applied Mathematicsp. 85
Concepts of Causality in Pre-Socratic Philosophyp. 93
The Rationality of Reductionismp. 101
The Risk of Heuristicsp. 111
Irreversibility and Self-Organizationp. 125
Structural Basis of Serine Protease Action: The Fourth Dimensionp. 139
Can the Concept of Evolution Tell Us Who We Are?p. 149
Changes of Paradigms in Biology and Medicinep. 161
The Relationship Between Medicine and Natural Sciences During the Twentieth Century: Aspects of the Theory of Sciencep. 171
The Artificial Intelligence Approach to Modelling Medical Reasoningp. 177
The Role of Prediction in Modern Science: The Example of Psychiatryp. 187
From Brunelleschi to Leonardop. 193
Antonio Scarpa, Luigi Porta, Camillo Golgi: The Development of Medical Thought at Pavia Universityp. 203
The Social Uses of Past Science: Celebrating Volta in Fascist Italyp. 217
Subject Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9783540575184
ISBN-10: 3540575189
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.38