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The Thwarting of Laplace's Demon / Arguments Against the Mechanistic World-View

Green, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0312124724 / ISBN 13: 9780312124724
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 1995
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Author was associate professor, Department of Philosophy, Monash University, Australia."First published in the United States of America 1995 by Scholarly and Reference Division, St. Martin's Press, Inc.," number line complete 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 -- the first printing. This is an ex-college-library copy with rubber-stampings of the Miami Dade Community College Library to top page edges, title page, and rear free endpaper. White library spine label. College library barcode affixed to RFE. A "Date Due" slip which had been affixed there is now laid in, indicating book was never borrowed. The helpful Miami college librarians have also placed the otherwise pristine dust jacket in a mylar protector, and then glued said protector down to the front and rear pastedowns. Call this hard-to-find book "Very-good-minus ex-library." In the history of science, Laplace's demon was the first articulation of causal or scientific determinism, published by Pierre-Simon Laplace in 1814. Such determinism holds that if someone (the Demon) knows the precise location and momentum of every atom in the universe, their past and future values for any given time can be calculated from the laws of classical mechanics. A desire to confirm or refute Laplace's Demon played a motivating role in the subsequent development of statistical thermodynamics, the first of several repudiations developed by later generations of physicists to the assumption of causal determinacy. This book placed 19th on BookFinder-dot-com's list of the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books for the year 2014, below Madonna's "Sex," Jack Howell's "The Lovely Reed: An Enthusiast's Guide to Building Bamboo Fly Rods," Cameron Crowe's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," Charles Clawson's "Collector's Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols," and several books by Stephen King. 229 pp. including index. This copy reduced from $1,000. Bookseller Inventory # 003549

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Title: The Thwarting of Laplace's Demon / Arguments...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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We might as well prepare ourselves for the massive task of creating a radically new view of the world, says Green, because the mechanistic model of human activity at the foundation of modern science is made of sand. Drawing evidence from language, intelligence, learning, consciousness, and the key attributes of life, he points out the many failings of mechanistic determinism. Accessible to general readers. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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