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Unnatural Nature of Science

By: Lewis Wolpert
191 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Unnatural Nature of Science
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This book shows that many of our understandings about scientific thought can be corrected once we realise just how "unnatural" science actually is. Quoting scientists from Aristotle to Einstein, the author argues that scientific ideas are, with rare exceptions, counter-intuitive and that common sense often makes no sense at all. A passionate advocate of the beauty and importance of science, the author examines a range of issues, including why science and technology are quite different, why psychoanalysis is not properly scientific and why philosophers and sociologists have made so little contribution to understanding science's true nature. He demonstrates the folly of holding scientists responsible for many of society's problems, and the equal folly of looking to science for a miracle cure.

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By: Lewis Wolpert
191 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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