Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Victory and Vexation in Science by Gerald Holton

Never has the power of scientific research to solve existing problems and uncover new ones been more evident than it is today. Yet there exists widespread ignorance about the larger contexts within which scientific research is carried out. For example, the point of view some scientists adopt in their work or in their social commitments may become clearer if considered in light of the opposing views held by other scientists.

This is a theme Gerald Holton addresses in his new collection. Whether considering conflicts between Heisenberg and Einstein, Bohr and Einstein, or P. W. Bridgman and B. F. Skinner; tracing I. I. Rabi's shift of attention from superb science to education and scientific statesmanship; or examining the emergence, in the last few decades, of the need to connect scientific research to societal needs--in each case, Holton demonstrates a masterly understanding of modern science and how it influences our world.

The author shows why, at any given time--even in the mature phase of science--there exists no single "paradigm," but rather a spectrum of competing perspectives; and why so much good science has been based, from antiquity to today, on a relatively small number of presuppositions.

Buy Victory and Vexation in Science by Gerald Holton from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780674015197
ISBN-10: 0674015193
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Victory and Vexation in Science by Gerald Holton

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Victory and Vexation in Science book by Gerald Holton and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Author Biography - Gerald Holton

Gerald Holton is Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics, and Research Professor of History of Science, Harvard University.

Books By Gerald Holton

Helping Young Refugees and Immigrants Succeed by Gerald Holton
Paperback / softback, October 2010
Wissenschaft Und Anti-Wissenschaft by Gerald Holton
Paperback / softback, April 2000
Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought by Gerald Holton
Paperback / softback, July 1988
$96.30 $107.00