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Science : a many-splendored thing

Author: Igor Novak
Publisher: Singapore ; Hackensack, N.J. ; London : World Scientific, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book provides the first integrated account of all factors which play a role in making Science what it is today. The book discusses historical, sociological and philosophical aspects of Science emphasizing their interconnectedness. It describes many of the latest developments in scientific practice as well as old unsolved problems. The book aims to be explanatory and stimulating rather than comprehensive. The  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Igor Novak
ISBN: 9789814304740 9814304743
OCLC Number: 526091345
Description: xv, 320 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
Contents: What is Science; Misconceptions About Science; Why is Science Important; Science and Other Elements of Culture; General Knowledge vs. Scientific Knowledge; Scientific Community; Peer Review; General Characteristics of Science; Scientific Language; Laws, Models, Hypotheses, Theories, Metaphors; Critical Thinking; Scientific Evidence; Pseudo-Science; Scientific Knowledge; Reductionism, Holism, Determinism; Selection of Scientific Theories; Models of Development of Science; Science and Technology; Two Visions of Science; Science and Ethics; Misconduct in Science; Social Support for Science; New Self-Image of Mankind; Science and Society; Science in History; Two Traditions of Science; Scientific Revolution; The Future of Science; Limits of Science; Case Studies in the History of Science.
Responsibility: Igor Novak.

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Discusses historical, sociological and philosophical aspects of Science emphasizing their interconnectedness. This book describes many of the developments in scientific practice as well old unsolved  Read more...

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Each chapter includes helpful questions as well as vivid diagrams and images. Overall, a far-ranging, insightful exploration of the discursive nature of science. -- CHOICE "Choice"

 
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