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The intelligibility of nature : how science makes sense of the world

Author: Peter Dear
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Series: Science.culture.
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Throughout the history of the Western world, science has possessed an extraordinary amount of authority and prestige. And while its pedestal has been jostled by numerous evolutions and revolutions, science has always managed to maintain its stronghold as the knowing enterprise that explains how the natural world works: we treat such legendary scientists as Galileo, Newton, Darwin, and Einstein with admiration and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dear, Peter, 1958-
Intelligibility of nature.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006
(DLC) 2005026032
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Dear
ISBN: 9780226139500 0226139506 0226139484 9780226139487 1281959502 9781281959508 9786611959500 6611959505
OCLC Number: 646784290
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 242 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction : science as natural philosophy, science as instrumentality --
The mechanical universe from Galileo to Newton --
A place for everything : the classification of the world --
The chemical revolution thwarted by atoms --
Design and disorder : the origin of species --
Dynamical explanation : the aether and Victorian machines --
How to understand nature? : Einstein, Bohr, and the quantum universe --
Conclusion : making sense in science.
Series Title: Science.culture.
Responsibility: Peter Dear.
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Based on the observation that the enterprise of science is, and has been, directed toward two distinct but frequently conflated ends - doing and knowing, this title considers how science as such has  Read more...


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"A very impressive and compelling book about the relationship between instrumentalism and realism in the sciences. Peter Dear argues for a fascinating reinterpretation of the Scientific Revolution Read more...

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