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Place of Science in a World of Values and Facts : Path in Psychology - Loucas G. Christophorou

Place of Science in a World of Values and Facts

Path in Psychology

Paperback Published: 31st May 2001
ISBN: 9780306465802
Number Of Pages: 300

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This is an engrossing book. It is also an unusual book: it is written by a scientist who is quite willing to talk about the softer side of life, about things such as love and respect and responsibility, and to try and position them in the context of his science. He is also willing to talk about religion, the manner in which it relates to science and science to it, and to attempt reconciliation of both. He sets himself a tough task, to tread the narrow path between the maudlin and the severely sober. In this, he is eminently successful. He is successful not because he aims at any grand synthesis, but because he has chosen the more modest path of simply laying out the cards on the table. This work is also unusual for another reason. The majority of books that attempt to explain science to a lay public, that try to describe its workings, its raison d'etre, its hidden contents, its societal impact, its implications for our future, etc. , are written by theorists. This is hardly surprising. The theoretician, after all, is expected to think deeply, to be the great unifier, to be concernedwith meaning. Very few books about science are written by scientists, ones who spend their time in a working experimental laboratory. This is such a book. And because it is, it is also a very different book.

`This book is an engrossing view of science, society, and their mutual interactions as seen through the eyes of a highly respected scientist. It is a must book for all who wish to read a profound and eloquent description of the modalities and limitations of scientific inquiry. Particularly enlightening are his discussions of ethics, morality, and religion as they are dealt with by scientists as practitioners and as human beings. Prof. Christophorou deserves a vote of gratitude for taking the time to put down his thoughts on his beloved science, and his hopes and expectations for humanity.'
Martin Pope, Professor Emeritus, New York University
`"Place of Science in a World of Values and Facts" by Prof. Christophorou represents a tour-de-force of astonishing breadth on the subject, for both scientist and general reader alike. Only a person steeped in the scientific enterprise in all its dimensions, discovering new knowledge, performing experiments, teaching students, writing, and managing science could have such a thorough grasp of the subject matter and present it so eloquently and vividly. To then place all of this knowledge within the context of human history and cultural evolution is an achievement of the first order. The author's disciplined, well-structured thinking, consummate scholarship, extensive notes and citations, plus his comprehensive connections to other work leave the reader satisfied that this is an authoritative book that brings into focus most current thinking on this subject. His discussion of the development of physics is particularly lucid, and the few equations are used to illustrate the approach, not obfuscate the concepts. His injection of mythological analogies and early historical developments gives the book a dimension that makes a natural connection to humanity's early dilemmas and modern human's inability to deal with these. The author's idealism and faith in humanity's future is most evident in the discussion of the intersection of science and religion, and the necessity for both in addressing the conundrums posed by our modern existence. In many ways, this is not only a book about science but also an inspirational and hopeful book as well. I heartily recommend it!'
Dr. Stamatios M. "Tom" Krimigis, Head, Space Dept., Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University

The World of Values and Factsp. 1
Us and the Cosmosp. 1
A Few Thoughts on Human Historyp. 6
The Micro (Multi) Cultures of the Worldp. 9
The Timelessp. 11
Modern People and the State of Their Societiesp. 17
Change and the Rate of Change that Changed the Worldp. 17
A Violent World Without Peacep. 23
Man's Natural Environmentp. 29
Earth's Resourcesp. 35
The Power of the Greek Mythp. 47
The Way Science Works and Evolvesp. 55
The Science of Greek Antiquityp. 57
From Greek Astronomy to the Classical Physics of the Macrocosmosp. 64
The Scientific and the Industrial Revolutionsp. 67
The Foundations of Modern Sciencep. 69
A New Framep. 81
The Modern Erap. 92
The Changing Character of Sciencep. 110
The Invaluable Value of Science's Hereditary Pastp. 116
Science: The Penetrator of the Physical Universep. 127
The Minuscule and the Gigantic Microscopes of Modern Sciencep. 127
The Dimensions of Modern Science's Diversityp. 133
The Richness of Nature: Lightp. 144
The Laws of Naturep. 150
Fundamental Generalizations and Questionsp. 152
Distinct Characteristics and Principles of Sciencep. 155
Distinct Characteristics of Sciencep. 156
General Principles of Sciencep. 164
The Scientific Methodp. 172
The Scientist and the Science Workerp. 175
The Scientistp. 176
The Science Workerp. 185
Their New Environs and Changing Functionsp. 186
From Basic Research to Application (Science and Technology)p. 201
Scientific Research and Technologyp. 202
The Technological Value of Basic Researchp. 213
A Final Thoughtp. 219
The Cultural and Educational Value of Sciencep. 221
The Cultural Value of Sciencep. 221
The Educational Value of Sciencep. 230
The Universityp. 233
Where Science Meets Religionp. 241
The Complementarity of Science and Religionp. 241
The Contact of Science and Religionp. 246
Together for a Humanized Earthp. 249
Limits of and to Sciencep. 253
Limits of Sciencep. 253
Limits to Sciencep. 260
Trans-Sciencep. 270
The Future of and in Sciencep. 275
Science Aheadp. 276
Science, Society, and the Scientist: The New Fairp. 278
Appendicesp. 281
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780306465802
ISBN-10: 0306465809
Series: Path in Psychology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 31st May 2001
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 16.97  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.48