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Victory and vexation in science : Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, and others

Author: Gerald James Holton
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005.
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"Never has the power of scientific research to solve existing problems and uncover new ones been more evident than it is today. Yet there exists widespread ignorance about the larger contexts within which scientific research is carried out. For example, the point of view some scientists adopt in their work or in their social commitments may become clearer id considered in light of the opposing views held by other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald James Holton
ISBN: 0674015193 9780674015197
OCLC Number: 56799008
Description: xi, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Scientists. --
Einstein's third paradise --
The woman in Einstein's shadow, and a first glimpse of Einstein's mind at work --
Werner Heisenberg and Albert Einstein --
Bohr, Heisenberg, and what Michael Frayn's Copenhagen tries to tell us --
Enrico Fermi and the miracle of the two tables --
B.F. Skinner, P.W. Bridgman, and the "lost years" --
I.I. Rabi as educator and science warrior --
pt. 2. Science in context. --
Paul Tillich, Albert Einstein, and the quest for the ultimate --
Henri Poincaré, Marcel Duchamp, and innovation in science and art --
Perspectives on the thematic analysis of scientific thought --
The imperative for basic science that serves national needs --
The rise of postmodernisms and the "end of science" --
Different perceptions of "good science," and their effects on careers of women scientists --
"Only connect": bridging the institutionalized gaps between the humanities and sciences in teaching.
Responsibility: Gerald Holton.

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"Never has the power of scientific research to solve existing problems and uncover new ones been more evident than it is today. Yet there exists widespread ignorance about the larger contexts within which scientific research is carried out. For example, the point of view some scientists adopt in their work or in their social commitments may become clearer id considered in light of the opposing views held by other scientists." "This is a theme Gerald Holton addresses in his new collection."--Jacket.

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Gerald Holton is the dean of Einstein scholars. -- Dennis Overbye New York Times In Victory and Vexation in Science, Gerald Holton, a physicist and historian of science at Harvard University, Read more...

 
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