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Intelligibility of Nature How Science Makes Sense of the World

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ISBN-10: 0226139484

ISBN-13: 9780226139487

Edition: 2006

Authors: Peter Dear

List price: $30.00
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Throughout the history of the Western world, science has possessed an extraordinary amount of authority and prestige. And while its pedestal has been jostled by numerous evolutions and revolutions, science has always managed to maintain its stronghold as the knowing enterprise that explains how the natural world works: we treat such legendary scientists as Galileo, Newton, Darwin, and Einstein with admiration and reverence because they offer profound and sustaining insight into the meaning of the universe. In "The Intelligibility of Nature," Peter Dear considers how science as such has evolved and how it has marshaled itself to make sense of the world. His intellectual journey begins with…    
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/29/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 350
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Science as Natural Philosophy, Science as Instrumentality
The Mechanical Universe from Galileo to Newton
A Place for Everything: The Classification of the World
The Chemical Revolution Thwarted by Atoms
Design and Disorder: The Origin of Species
Dynamical Explanation: The Aether and Victorian Machines
How to Understand Nature? Einstein, Bohr, and the Quantum Universe
Conclusion: Making Sense in Science
Bibliographical Essay