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The Intelligibility of Nature
Author: Peter Dear

ISBN: 9780226139494
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 17 January 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.7 x 1.5
Throughout the history of the Western world, science has possessed an extraordinary amount of authority and prestige. Despite numerous evolutions and revolutions, it maintains its distinction as the knowing endeavor that explains how the natural world works and offers insight into the meaning of the universe.
In "The Intelligibility of Nature," Peter Dear considers how science as such has evolved and positioned itself. His intellectual journey begins with a crucial observation: that scientific ambition is, and has been, directed toward two distinct but frequently conflated ends--doing and knowing. The ancient Greeks articulated the difference between craft and understanding, and according to Dear, that separation has survived to shape attitudes toward science ever since.
Teasing out the tension between doing and knowing during key episodes in the history of science--mechanical philosophy and Newtonian gravitation; elective affinities and the chemical revolution; enlightened natural history and taxonomy; evolutionary biology; the dynamical theory of electromagnetism; and quantum theory--Dear reveals how the two principles became formalize...

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