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Critical Appraisal of Physical Science as a Human Enterprise Dynamics of Scientific Progress

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ISBN-10: 1402096259

ISBN-13: 9781402096259

Edition: 2009

Authors: Mansoor Niaz

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The objective of this book is to reconstruct historical episodes and experiments that have been important in scientific progress, and to explore the role played by controversies and rivalries among scientists. Although progress in science has been replete with controversies, scientists themselves either ignore or simply downplay their role. Such presentations lack the appreciation of the dynamics of ‘science-in-the-making’. This book provides methodological guidelines - based on a historical perspective of philosophy of science - that facilitate an understanding of historical episodes beyond that of inductive generalizations. These guidelines suggest that progress in science is not…    
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Book details

List price: $109.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Springer London, Limited
Publication date: 2/3/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100

Mansoor Niaz is Professor at the Chemistry Department, Universidad de Oriente, Cumaná, Venezuela.

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Quantitative imperative vs the imperative of presuppositions
Understanding scientific progress: From Duhem to Lakatos
Kinetic theory: Maxwell
G++s Presuppositions
Periodic table of the chemical elements: From Mendeleev to Moseley
Foundations of modern atomic theory: Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr Determination of the elementary electrical charge: Millikan and Ehrenhaft
Paradox of the photoelectric effect: Einstein and Millikan
Bending of light in the 1919 eclipse experiments: Einstein and Eddington
Lewis
G++s covalent bond: From transfer of electrons to sharing of electrons
Quantum mechanics: From Bohr to Bohm
Wave-particle duality: De Broglie, Einstein and Schr+�dinger
Searching for quarks: Perl
G++s philosophy of speculative experiments
Conclusion: Inductive method as a chimera
References
Index