Ideas on the Nature of Science

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Ideas on the Nature of Science

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9780864925442: Ideas on the Nature of Science

If science is neither cookery, nor angelic virtuosity, then what is it? Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering, and controlling the world, where everything was subject to science, but science itself has largely escaped scrutiny. In this fascinating collection of interviews, CBC Radio's Ideas producer David Cayley talks to some of the world's most provocative thinkers about how the ideas of science have directed human thought and shaped human society. Contributors include: Steven Shapin, Simon Schaffer, Margaret Lock, Arthur Zajonc, Rupert Sheldrake, Sajay Samuel, Richard Lewontin, Ruth Hubbard, Ulrich Beck, David Abram, and many others.

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Science has long been considered the very definition of modernity, the source of the empiricism and skepticism, openness and civility that distinguishes modern societies from previous social orders. Lately this view of science has come under intense scrutiny, as historians, philosophers, and scientists themselves have begun to ask fundamental questions about the institution of science.

In this collection of invigorating interviews, David Cayley talks to some of the world's most provocative thinkers about the nature of scientific knowledge. Touching upon a rich array of subjects, he probes how our understanding of science has begun to shift and alter our view of the world.

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David Cayley is a Toronto-based writer-broadcaster. Over the course of his career, he has interviewed some of the leading philosophers, literary critics, historians, social theorists, and scientists of our day.

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