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The Wisdom of Science : Its Relevance to Culture and Religion - Hanbury Brown

The Wisdom of Science

Its Relevance to Culture and Religion

Paperback Published: 5th January 1987
ISBN: 9780521314480
Number Of Pages: 208

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We live in a culture which, while largely dependent on science for its material welfare, is largely ignorant of the new ideas and perspectives on which science is based. This book examines the true significance of science and technology for society over the last three hundred years. Professor Hanbury Brown's insight and experience have resulted in a novel approach to the discussion of the cultural role of science. After reviewing the history of how science grew to be both useful to, and feared by society, the book traces the same period in the context of new ideas and concepts in scientific research. Later chapters deal with society's current view of science and the need for attitudes to be changed, and then a discussion of the religious dimensions of science. This book aims to clear away some of the popular misconceptions about science and to put in their place a wider and deeper understanding of the nature of science and its value to society.

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' Lucidly and wittily written - a style reminiscent of Bertrand Russell ... thoughtful, intelligent and important contribution to the literature ... powerful and thought-provoking book ... so clearly written that anyone can read and enjoy it.' New Scientist

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Changing the World
Early attitudes to Sciencep. 1
A new Vision -- Science as the Key to Progressp. 4
New Tools and Methods for Sciencep. 11
Science forms a Communityp. 14
Early Science as seen by the Publicp. 17
Early attempts to make use of Sciencep. 19
Science meets Industry and is seen to be usefulp. 21
Knowledge meets Power -- the first science-based industriesp. 27
Science becomes a Professionp. 31
Science grows fastp. 32
Science finds Patrons in Industryp. 35
Science finds Patrons in Governmentp. 38
Science is identified with its Applicationsp. 40
Interpreting the World
The Medieval Model of the Worldp. 42
The Medieval Model is destroyed -- the Copernican revolutionp. 45
Newton makes a new Model of the Worldp. 47
The Mechanical Philosophy -- the Cartesian revolutionp. 50
The Idea that Matter is made up of Atomsp. 54
The Idea that Living Matter is made up of Cellsp. 58
Understanding Heat and Energyp. 59
The Idea of the Aether -- the Mechanical Philosophy failsp. 61
The Idea of Evolution -- the Darwinian revolutionp. 63
Fin du Sieclep. 65
Science in the 20th century -- exploring the very large and very smallp. 66
Exploring the very small -- the realm of the atomp. 68
The Ideas of the Quantum Theory -- a revolution in scientific thoughtp. 74
The Idea of Complementarity -- the observer enters the picturep. 75
Chance replaces Certaintyp. 79
A Failure of Reductionism -- some things cannot be taken to piecesp. 83
Exploring the very large -- a new understanding of Space and Timep. 86
Exploring the very large -- the realm of the Galaxiesp. 91
In the Beginningp. 92
The Cultural Dimension of Science
Our Image of Sciencep. 101
Making better practical use of Sciencep. 108
Why support Basic Research?p. 110
How shall we choose what Basic Research to do?p. 115
Learning about Sciencep. 119
The Cultural Function of Sciencep. 122
The Perspectives of Sciencep. 125
Science and Valuesp. 131
Beyond the Mechanical Philosophyp. 135
Living with Uncertaintyp. 138
Science as Metaphorp. 139
The Pursuit of Wisdomp. 142
The Religious Dimension of Science
The Divorce of Science and Religionp. 145
The need to reconcile Science and Religionp. 149
The Nature and Function of Science and Religionp. 153
Scientific Knowledge and Divine Revelationp. 155
Religious Belief and Obsolete Sciencep. 164
Religious Belief and Contemporary Sciencep. 169
The Enlightenment of Beliefp. 174
Selected Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 190
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ISBN: 9780521314480
ISBN-10: 0521314488
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 5th January 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.56 x 17.37  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.43

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