Just a Theory Exploring the Nature of Science

ISBN-10: 1591022851
ISBN-13: 9781591022855
Edition: 2003
Authors: Moti Ben-Ari
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 4/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 237
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.78" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Some people claim that evolution is "just a theory." Do you know what a scientific theory really is? Just a Theory is an overview of the modern concepts of science. A clear understanding of the nature of science will enable you to distinguish science from pseudoscience (which illegitimately wraps itself in the mantle of science), and real social issues in science from the caricatures portrayed in postmodernist critiques. Prof. Ben-Ari's style is light (even humorous) and easy to read, bringing the latest concepts of science to the general reader. Of particular interest is his analysis of the terminology of science (fact, law, proof, theory) in relation to the colloquial meaning of these terms. Between chapters are biographical vignettes of scientists--both familiar and unfamiliar--showing their common commitment to the enterprise of science. This accessible, informative, and comprehensive work will give lay readers a good grasp of real science.

Preface
Naive Induction: What People Think Scientists Do
The Nature of Scientists: The Biographical Vignettes
Just a Theory: What Scientists Do
Isaac Newton: From Ascetic Genius to Acerbic Manager
Words Scientists Don't Use: At Least Not the Way You Do
Charles Darwin: Hypochondriac Revolutionary
Falsificationism: If It Might Be Wrong, It's Science
Albert Einstein: Paradigm of a Genius
Pseudoscience: What Some People Do Isn't Science
Louis Pasteur: Serial Scientist
The Sociology of Science: Scientists Do It as a Group
Emmy Noether: Against the Current of Discrimination
Postmodernist Critiques of Science: Is Science Universal?
Judah Folkman: Persistent Outsider
Science and Religion: Scientists Just Do Science
Edsger Dijkstra: Bringing Mathematics to Computing
Reductionism: The Whole Is the Sum of Its Parts
Linus Pauling: Linking Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
Statistics: As Reliable as a Casino's Profit
John Snow: Savior of London
Logic and Mathematics: Scientists Like It Clear and Precise
Andrew Wiles: Never Say Unsolvable
Geology: Modern Science on the Rocks
Alfred Wegener: Steadfast in Science and on the Ice
The Future of Science: Surprises or Revolutions
Edward Witten: The Einstein of Today
Notes
Recommended Reading
Bibliography
Index

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