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The firmament of time

Author: Loren C Eiseley; William Cronon
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Library of America, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The Firmament of Time--nominated for a National Book Award--Loren Eiseley offers a series of brilliant, provocative excursions through the history of science. A paleontologist with the soul and skill of a poet, he reflects on the many ways in which the quest for knowledge has been shaped by the changing cultures in which it emerged and developed. Examining the role of metaphor in scientific thought, anticipations  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Loren C Eiseley; William Cronon
ISBN: 9781598535440 1598535447
OCLC Number: 962854398
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Loren Eiseley ; William Cronon, editor.

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In The Firmament of Time--nominated for a National Book Award--Loren Eiseley offers a series of brilliant, provocative excursions through the history of science. A paleontologist with the soul and skill of a poet, he reflects on the many ways in which the quest for knowledge has been shaped by the changing cultures in which it emerged and developed. Examining the role of metaphor in scientific thought, anticipations of scientific discoveries in the works of poets and novelists, and the "unconscious conformity" of scientific theory to prevailing orthodoxies, he argues for the ongoing relevance of dreams, the imagination, and the irrational to scientific progress.

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