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A structure of science.

Author: J H Simons
Publisher: New York : Philosophical Library, [1960]
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"The book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with the attributes of the domain of science. It shows what science is and what it is not, what material is included and what is excluded, and not only where the boundaries are located, but also how definite and distinct are these boundaries. It also discusses who scientists are, what they do, and how they work. The second part contains a discussion of the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Simons, J.H. (Joseph H.), 1897-
Structure of science.
New York : Philosophical Library, [1960]
(DLC) 60013640
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J H Simons
OCLC Number: 780757160
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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"The book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with the attributes of the domain of science. It shows what science is and what it is not, what material is included and what is excluded, and not only where the boundaries are located, but also how definite and distinct are these boundaries. It also discusses who scientists are, what they do, and how they work. The second part contains a discussion of the concepts, which form the foundation upon which the edifice of science is built. These concepts are more or less intuitive. Everyone has a feeling for such concepts as material substance, force, and symmetry. From these concepts arise abstractions such as space, time, and energy. These abstractions are the material with which the theoretical framework of science is built. Facts, then, form the envelope which is supported by this framework and which encloses the inner parts of the edifice. In Part Three, excursions are taken into territory that is either located in that vague region on the boundaries of the domain of science or into territory completely beyond the boundary but still within range of communication of the central structure of science. These excursions are taken for pleasure and for emotional and esthetic satisfaction. Finally, an attempt has been made in the last chapter to emphasize certain similarities between gravitational effects, electrical forces, and electromagnetic radiation"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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