Science and the Modern World

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 9, 2011 - Science - 278 pages
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Originally published in 1925, Alfred North Whitehead's Science and the Modern World was a groundbreaking and important book that redefined the concept of modern science. In emphasising the position of science as a culturally connected activity, Whitehead anticipated arguments that would come to dominate the philosophy of science in the latter part of the twentieth century. Highly measured in its approach, the text moves through various periods in cultural history from the sixteenth century onwards, and shows how the great scientific discoveries of these periods were intimately connected with a more general intellectual ferment. Throughout this narrative, philosophy is put forward as humanity's fundamental intellectual pursuit; a medium of change and reconfiguration from which all thought, scientific included, derives its strength. This is a fascinating volume that will be of value to anyone with an interest in philosophy or the history of science.
  

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User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

The most exciting work of intellectual history I've read in a long time, but it took me years to be prepared for it. Read it in concert with Process and Reality: the two books illuminate and interfuse with each other. Read full review

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User Review  - Dad - Goodreads

Absolutely brilliant. This book challenges one's thoughts and tears one away from the simple status quo. I need to re-read some of it as it needs a lot of concentration and each time I lay it down for ... Read full review

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