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Reliable Knowledge : An Exploration of the Grounds for Belief in Science - John M. Ziman

Reliable Knowledge

An Exploration of the Grounds for Belief in Science

Paperback Published: 2nd September 1991
ISBN: 9780521406703
Number Of Pages: 208

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Why believe in the findings of science? John Ziman argues that scientific knowledge is not uniformly reliable, but rather like a map representing a country we cannot visit. He shows how science has many elements, including alongside its experiments and formulae the language and logic, patterns and preconceptions, facts and fantasies used to illustrate and express its findings. These elements are variously combined by scientists in their explanations of the material world as it lies outside our everyday experience. John Ziman's book offers at once a valuably clear account and a radically challenging investigation of the credibility of scientific knowledge, searching widely across a range of disciplines for evidence about the perceptions, paradigms and analogies on which all our understanding depends.

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'He is one of the cleverest and most urbane liberal scientists writing about science today.' The Guardian

Grounds for an inquiry
Unambiguous communication
Common observation
World maps and pictures
The stuff of reality
The world of science
Social knowledge
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ISBN: 9780521406703
ISBN-10: 0521406706
Series: Canto Original
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 2nd September 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 13.26  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.28

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