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by Sander Bais


In Praise of Science, by Dutch theoretical physicist Sander Bais, is an old-fashioned popular science book that is little short of a eulogy. It highlights the subject's greatest successes, from plate tectonics to cosmology, and from chemistry to the theory of evolution by natural selection.

In Praise of Science, by Dutch theoretical physicist Sander Bais, is an old-fashioned popular science book that is little short of a eulogy. It seems to assume that its readers are pretty ignorant: Bais begins his discussion of evolution theory by telling us that it is "of great depth and has had tremendous impact". He cannot be faulted on his ambition

Science as it really is: A complex social phenomenon that is our only solid way to distinguish true from false, quietly but profoundly transforming human culture, giving an elusive glimpse of the objective beauty of the universe. -Doyne Farmer, Santa Fe Institute.

Science as it really is: A complex social phenomenon that is our only solid way to distinguish true from false, quietly but profoundly transforming human culture, giving an elusive glimpse of the objective beauty of the universe. The traveller is rewarded with splendid overviews, surprising details, historical anecdotes, thoughtful reflections on the future, but most of all with a deep love for science. -Robbert Dijkgraaf,.

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MIT Press Direct is a distinctive collection of influential MIT Press books curated for scholars and libraries worldwide. Established in 1962, the MIT Press is one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world and a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, social science, and design. A virtuoso introduction to the field of science, the most democratic of human endeavors.

Publisher: MIT Press. Publication Date: 2010. But I think the book fails to show the value of science, and fails even more so to meet the promise on the dust jacket of showing how science can liberate us from our cultural straitjacket of prejudice and intolerance. Allen Stenger is a math hobbyist and retired software developer. His mathematical interests are number theory and classical analysis. He volunteers in his spare time at MathNerds. com, a math help site that fosters inquiry learning

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In Praise of Science: Curiosity, Understanding, and Progress by Sander Bais.

Автор: Bais Sander Название: In Praise of Science: Curiosity, Understanding, and .

Описание: This book sets out to answer one of the most profound questions about the development of human thought: why it is that throughout the long journey from cave painting to quantum physics what we now refer to as & and & have been so closely entangled.

In Praise of Science book. A virtuoso introduction to the field of science, the most democratic. In this engaging, lyrical book, physicist Sander Bais shows how science can liberate us from our cultural straitjacket of prejudice and intolerance. We're living in a time in which technology is taken for granted, yet belief in such standard scientific facts as evolution is actually dec A virtuoso introduction to the field of science, the most democratic of human endeavors.

In Praise of Science The first part of In Praise of Science explores "how wonder and curiosity may liberate us from the iron embracement of prejudice, and this naturally leads.

In Praise of Science. Over the course of four short chapters, Sander Bais illustrates in entertaining and often poetic ways not only how all of the sciences are connected to each other, but how they comprise a vital (if not the most vital) endeavor humans has ever undertaken. The first part of In Praise of Science explores "how wonder and curiosity may liberate us from the iron embracement of prejudice, and this naturally leads to a demystification of our world view.

In praise of science: curiosity, understanding, and progress. Publisher's Summary: A virtuoso introduction to the field of science, the most democratic of human endeavors. We're living in a time in which technology is taken for granted, yet belief in such standard scientific facts as evolution is actually decreasing. How is it possible for cell phones and Creationism to coexist?

A virtuoso introduction to the field of science, the most democratic of human endeavors.

In this engaging, lyrical book, physicist Sander Bais shows how science can liberate us from our cultural straitjacket of prejudice and intolerance. We're living in a time in which technology is taken for granted, yet belief in such standard scientific facts as evolution is actually decreasing. How is it possible for cell phones and Creationism to coexist? Science―fundamental, fact-based knowledge, not the latest technological gadget―can give us the global and local perspectives we need to make the world a better place.

Bais argues that turning points in the history of science have been accompanied by similar milestones in social change, deeply affecting our view of nature, our perception of the human condition, and our understanding of the universe and our place in it. After a lively description of how curiosity trumps prejudice and pseudoscience in matters ranging from lightning rods to the transmission of HIV, Bais considers what drives science and scientists, a quest that culminates in that miraculous mixture of creativity and ingenuity found in the greatest scientists. He describes what he calls the “circle of science”―the microcosm and the macrocosm as mirror images―and demonstrates unity in a dazzling sequence of topics, including the hierarchy of structures, the forces of nature, cosmological evolution, and the challenge of complexity. Finally, Bais takes on the obstacles science encounters in a world dominated by short-term political and economic interests.

Science, he says, needs to get its message out. Drawing on sources that range from Charles Darwin and Karl Popper to Herbert Marcuse and Richard Feynman, with In Praise of Science, Bais does just that.

In Praise of Science: Curiosity, Understanding, and Progress (The MIT Press) ebook
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