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Reading the Book of Nature : An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Reading the Book of Nature : An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science - 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521426824

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ISBN13: 978-0521426824
ISBN10: 0521426820
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Edition/Copyright: 92
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 1992
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Reading the Book of Nature : An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science - 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521426824

Peter Kosso

ISBN13: 978-0521426824
ISBN10: 0521426820
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 92
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 1992
International: No
Summary

This is an introductory survey to the philosophy of science suitable for beginners and nonspecialists. Its point of departure is the question: why should we believe what science tells us about the world? In this attempt to justify the claims of science the book treats such topics as observation data, confirmation of theories, and the explanation of phenomena.

The writing is clear and concrete with detailed examples drawn from contemporary science: solar neutrinos, the gravitational bending of light, and the creation/evolution debate, for example. What emerges is a view of science in which observation relies on theory to give it meaning and credibility, while theory relies on observation for its motivation and validation. It is shown that this reciprocal support is not circular since the theory used to support a particular observation is independent of the theory for which the observation serves as evidence.

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