Science in the Looking Glass
What Do Scientists Really Know?
By (author) E. Brian Davies
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Science in the Looking Glass by E. Brian Davies
Book DescriptionIn this wide-ranging book, Brian Davies discusses the basis for scientists' claims to knowledge about the world. He looks at science historically, emphasizing not only the achievements of scientists from Galileo onwards, but also their mistakes. He rejects the claim that all scientific knowledge is provisional, by citing examples from chemistry, biology and geology. A major feature of the book is its defence of the view that mathematics was invented rather than discovered. A large number of examples are used to illustrate these points, and many of the deep issues in today's world discussed - from psychology and evolution to quantum theory, consciousness and even religious belief. Disentangling knowledge from opinion and aspiration is a hard task, but this book provides a clear guide to the difficulties.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198525431
(242mm x 161mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author E. Brian Davies
Why Beliefs Matter, Paperback (April 2014)
This book discusses deep problems about our place in the world with a minimum of jargon. It argues that 'absolutist' ideas dating back to Plato continue to mislead generations of mathematicians, physicists, and theologians, and reveals the underlying reasons for the current conflicts between science and religion.
Science in the Looking Glass, Paperback (June 2007)
How do scientific conjectures become laws? Why do some laws turn out to be wrong? Why does proof mean different things in different sciences? Experience shows that disentangling scientific knowledge from opinion is harder than one might expect. Full of illuminating examples and quotations, this book brings alive issues at the heart of all science.
Linear Operators and Their Spectra, Hardback (April 2007)
Authoritative text presenting a broad view of the spectral theory of non-self-adjoint linear operators.
Spectral Theory and Geometry, Paperback (September 1999)» View all books by E. Brian Davies
Authoritative lectures from world experts on spectral theory and geometry.
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Author Biography - E. Brian Davies
E Brian Davies, Tutorial Fellow at St John's College, Oxford in 1970 and one of two editors for the Quarterly Journal of Mathematics, Oxford. Developed the theory of open quantum systems, writing a monograph on the subject, which became the standard text. Appointed to the Chair of Pure Mathematics at King's College, London in 1981 and researched heat kernels and spectral theory. Subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1995. His monograph on heat kernels, involving several hundred publications and having applications in many parts of mathematics, is the authoritative text on the subject. Founded the London Mathematical Society Student Text Series in the 1980s, and has recently senior editor for the LMS Monographs. Has previously been a member of the National Advisory Board of the Isaac Newton Institute and sat on the Research Assessment Exercise Panel for Pure Mathematics in 2001. Published over 180 papers.
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