The development of modern science and its increasing impact on our life and culture is one of the great stories of our time. Coming to understand that story and coming to terms with the institution of modern science should be an important part of the education of every student.In The Many Faces of Science, Leslie Stevenson and Henry Byerly masterfully and painlessly provide the basic information and the philosophical reflection students need to gain such understanding. Making good use of case study methods, the authors introduce us to dozens of figures from the history of science, highlighting both heroes and villains. Providing an elementary sketch of the development of science through the lives of its practitioners, Stevenson and Byerly bring the story alive through the examination of the often mixed motives of scientists, as well as the conflicting values people bring to science and to their perceptions of its impact on society. They also explore the relationship between scientific practice and political and economic power.Brief, accessible, and rich in anecdotes, personal asides, and keen insight, The Many Faces of Science is the ideal interdisciplinary introduction for nonscientists in courses on science studies, science and society, and science and human values. It will also prove useful as supplementary reading in courses on science in philosophy, sociology, and political science.
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Leslie Stevenson is reader in logic and metaphysics at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. He is the author of Seven Theories of Human Nature, The Metaphysics of Experience, and many articles on language, mind, and science. Henry Byerly is professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona. He is the author of A Primer of Logic and has published many articles on biology as well as on the philosophy of science.Review:
"I strongly recommend this highly engaging introductory survey....An excellent choice as a supplementary text." -- Ethics
"Leslie Stevenson and Henry Byerly, both respected professors of philosophy with many years of teaching experience in the area, have collaborated to produce a beautifully written, amply illustrated (with case studies), and balanced treatment of the values in, of, and around science. The book overflows with wit, sensitivity, and insight." -- Keith Burgess-Jackson, Teaching Philosophy
"[The Many Faces of Science] covers everything everyone should know about science apart from the science itself. . . .The examples in [the text], which in fluid prose bring to life scientists, their thoughts and motivations, will please the general reader, while the solid and broad content, as well as the questions raised by the authors. . .make this also an admirable choice for an introductory student text." -- The Philosophical Quarterly
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Book Description Westview Press, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11081332016X