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On Science : The Thinking in Action Series - Brian K. Ridley

On Science

The Thinking in Action Series

Paperback Published: 21st May 2001
ISBN: 9780415249805
Number Of Pages: 240

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Can science explain everything? Brian Ridley, a physicist himself, explores this question and more in this compelling exploration of both the scope and limits of science. Tracing back to the roots of scientific thinking in a world of 'magical ideas', he argues that science shares more with magic than we are often led to believe.
The book also explores the often overlooked relationship between science and mathematics and the uneasy relationship between the two. This is neatly linked to a fascinating discussion of relativity and quantum theory, reminding us of the many perspectives on offer within science. On Science is essential reading for all those interested in the way we think about and picture science, where it is now, and where it is going.

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'Thought-provoking and well-written ... an excellent introduction to a number of important questions residing at that interface where philosophy borders on science, and science becomes philosophical.' - John Casti, Nature

'The great value of this book is that it goes much further and deeper than a mere statement of principle ...' - Jean-Marc Ley-Leblond, Physics World

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Limits of Sciencep. 16
Metasciencep. 40
Science and Magicp. 65
The Magical Theory of Everythingp. 81
The Music of the Spheresp. 96
Science and Mathematicsp. 109
Numbersp. 130
Quantum Magicp. 141
Science and the Mindp. 164
Science and Societyp. 181
Science and Artp. 196
Science and Sensibilityp. 204
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780415249805
ISBN-10: 0415249805
Series: Thinking in Action
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 21st May 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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