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This work attempts to define what is "science" and, more importantly, what is not science. Tony Barnett faces superstition, magic and charlatanry, political platforms masquerading as scientifically-based programmes and pseudobiology, and gives rational responses to them based on authentic science. He shows how scientific methods can be applied to specific everyday problems and scientifically scrutinizes a number of popular but erroneous beliefs, from the repellent to the absurd. Barnett gives a down-to-earth but optimistic account of what scientists do: their struggles; the limitations of science; what makes science distinctive as a practice; the contrasting roles of logic and intuition; and the moral implications. Throughout, he aims to avoid vague generalizations and emphasize practical implications, pointing to ways in which science can serve both truth and humanity.
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Tony Barnett was Professor of Zoology at the Australian National University until his retirement. He is internationally known for his many researches on stress and exploratory behaviour and also for his insistence on logical and scientific rigour in biological debate. His earlier works have been widely published and translated. He has had many years' experience of science broadcasting and continues to be a regular contributor to ABC Radio's Science Show and Occam's Razor. His most recent book, The Science of Life (1998), was published to acclaim.
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1865081221