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The tree of knowledge : the bright and the dark sides of science

Author: C Ronchi
Publisher: Cham : Springer, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Whether considered a divine gift or a Promethean conquest, science has indisputably and indelibly marked the course of human history. A product of the intellectual elite, but always nourished by the many fruits of its applications, science appears today to be a perfect system, whose laws and discoveries guide all human activities. Yet the foundations of its authority remain an open question, entailing disquieting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C Ronchi
ISBN: 9783319014845 3319014846 1306199190 9781306199193 3319014838 9783319014838
OCLC Number: 865508056
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 286 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Time of Growth --
Birth an Floruit of Science in the Occident --
Scientific Research as a Global Enterprise --
The Crisis of Growth --
Orthodoxy versus Heresy --
The Dissemination of Knowledge --
Beyond Mankind --
Artificial Intelligence and Post-Humanity --
Beginning and the End --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Alvero della Conoscenza.
Alvero della Conoscenza.
Responsibility: Claudio Ronchi.

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This book traces the history of science and details two divergent futures: one in which science accelerates the downfall of Homo sapiens and another in which it helps our species engage in a new and  Read more...

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