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The knowledge machine : how an unreasonable idea created modern science, Michael Strevens

Label
The knowledge machine : how an unreasonable idea created modern science
Title
The knowledge machine
Title remainder
how an unreasonable idea created modern science
Statement of responsibility
Michael Strevens
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A paradigm-shifting work that revolutionizes our understanding of the origins and structure of science. Captivatingly written, interwoven with tantalizing illustrations and historical vignettes ranging from Newton's alchemy to quantum mechanics to the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy, Michael Strevens's wholly original investigation of science asks two fundamental questions: Why is science so powerful? And why did it take so long, two thousand years after the invention of philosophy and mathematics, for the human race to start using science to learn the secrets of nature? The Knowledge Machine's radical answer is that science calls on its practitioners to do something irrational: by willfully ignoring religion, theoretical beauty, and, especially, philosophy-essentially stripping away all previous knowledge-scientists embrace an unnaturally narrow method of inquiry, channeling unprecedented energy into observation and experimentation. Like Yuval Harari's Sapiens or Thomas Kuhn's 1962 classic, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, The Knowledge Machine overturns much of what we thought we knew about the origins of the modern world"--
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Strevens, Michael
Dewey number
500
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Practical reason
  • Science
  • Science
  • Science
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Irrationality (Philosophy)
Label
The knowledge machine : how an unreasonable idea created modern science, Michael Strevens
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-329) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the knowledge machine -- The great method debate. Unearthing the scientific method -- Human frailty -- The essential subjectivity of science -- How science works. The iron rule of explanation -- Baconian convergence -- Explanatory ore -- The drive for objectivity -- The supremacy of observation -- Why science took so long. Science's strategic irrationality -- The war against beauty -- The advent of science -- Science now. Building the scientific mind -- Science and humanism -- Care and maintenance of the knowledge machine
Control code
000067224829
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 350 pages
Isbn
9780241205778
Lccn
2020018496
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Stock number
16620229
System control number
(OCoLC)1137812867
Label
The knowledge machine : how an unreasonable idea created modern science, Michael Strevens
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-329) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the knowledge machine -- The great method debate. Unearthing the scientific method -- Human frailty -- The essential subjectivity of science -- How science works. The iron rule of explanation -- Baconian convergence -- Explanatory ore -- The drive for objectivity -- The supremacy of observation -- Why science took so long. Science's strategic irrationality -- The war against beauty -- The advent of science -- Science now. Building the scientific mind -- Science and humanism -- Care and maintenance of the knowledge machine
Control code
000067224829
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 350 pages
Isbn
9780241205778
Lccn
2020018496
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Stock number
16620229
System control number
(OCoLC)1137812867

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