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This work seeks to show that science is rooted not just in conversation but in disagreement, doubt and uncertainty. Mara Beller argues that it is precisely this culture of dialogue and controversy within the scientific community that fuels creativity. Beller draws her argument from her reading of the history of the quantum revolution, especially the development of the Copenhagen interpretation. One of several competing approaches, this version succeeded largely due to the rhetorical skills of Niels Bohr and his colleagues. Using archival research, Beller shows how Bohr and others marketed their views, misrepresenting and dismissing their opponents as "unreasonable" and championing their own not always coherent or well-supported position as "inevitable".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226041827
ISBN-10: 0226041824
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 153mm x 23mm)
Pages: 382
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 11-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mara Beller

Mara Beller is the Barbara Druss Dibner Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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