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Science on Stage, From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen

Science on Stage is the first full-length study of the phenomenon of “science plays”–theatrical events that weave scientific content into the plot lines of the drama. The book investigates the tradition of science on the stage from the Renaissance to the present, focusing in particular on the current wave of science playwriting. Drawing on extensive…

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Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 4, Physics and Physical Technology, Part 3, Civil Engineering and Nautics

As Dr Needham’s immense undertaking gathers momentum it has been found necessary to subdivide volumes into parts, each bound and published separately. The first two parts of Volume IV deal respectively with the physical sciences and with the diverse applications of physics in the many branches of mechanical engineering. The third deals with civil and…

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The Advancement of Science : Science without Legend, Objectivity without Illusions, Science without Legend, Objectivity without Illusions

During the last three decades, reflections on the growth of scientific knowledge have inspired historians, sociologists, and some philosophers to contend that scientific objectivity is a myth. In this book, Kitcher attempts to resurrect the notions of objectivity and progress in science by identifying both the limitations of idealized treatments of growth of knowledge and…

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Thanks!, How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier

A proponent of the field of positive psychology offers a close-up study of the positive influence on people’s lives of the systematic cultivation of gratitude, explaining how the practice of grateful thinking can increase one’s chances for happiness and help one cope more effectively with stress, recover more quickly from illness, enjoy better physical health,…

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Bats, A World of Science and Mystery

There are more than 1,300 species of bats—or almost a quarter of the world’s mammal species. But before you shrink in fear from these furry “creatures of the night,” consider the bat’s fundamental role in our ecosystem. A single brown bat can eat several thousand insects in a night. Bats also pollinate and disperse the…

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Cultural Boundaries of Science, Credibility on the Line

Examines the cultural authority of science

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The Cambridge History of Science: Volume 5, The Modern Physical and Mathematical Sciences

A new and comprehensive examination of the history of the modern physical and mathematical sciences.

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Science in the Marketplace, Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences

The nineteenth century was an age of transformation in science, when scientists were rewarded for their startling new discoveries with increased social status and authority. But it was also a time when ordinary people from across the social spectrum were given the opportunity to participate in science, for education, entertainment, or both. In Victorian Britain…

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The Honest Broker, Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics

Scientists have a choice concerning what role they should play in political debates and policy formation, particularly in terms of how they present their research. This book is about understanding this choice, what considerations are important to think about when deciding, and the consequences of such choices for the individual scientist and the broader scientific…

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But is it Science?, The Philosophical Question in the Creation/evolution Controversy

This excellent collection, now fully updated, will inform readers about the history of the Creation/Evolution debate and bring philosophical clarity to the complex arguments on both sides.