The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Psychology - 268 pages
“A gem of enlightenment. . . . One rejoices in Bronowski’s dedication to the identity of acts of creativity and of imagination, whether in Blake or Yeats or Einstein or Heisenberg.”—Kirkus Reviews
“According to Bronowski, our account of the world is dictated by our biology: how we perceive, imagine, symbolize, etc. He proposes to explain how we receive and translate our experience of the world so that we achieve knowledge. He examines the mechanisms of our perception; the origin and nature of natural language; formal systems and scientific discourse; and how science, as a systematic attempt to establish closed systems one after another, progresses by exploring its own errors and new but unforeseen connections. . . . A delightful look at the inquiring mind.”—Library Journal
“Eminently enjoyable to read, with a good story or ‘bon mot’ on every page.”—Nature
“A well-written and brilliantly presented defense of the scientific enterprise which could be especially valuable to scientists and to teachers of science at all levels.”—AAAS Science Books & Films
Contents
1. The Mind as an Instrument for Understanding
2. The Evolution and Power of Symbolic Language
3. Knowledge as Algorithm and as Metaphor
4. The Laws of Nature and the Nature of Laws
5. Error, Progress, and the Concept of Time
6. Law and Individual Responsibility
 

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This book was written as a series of six lectures by the author. It was written around 50 years ago. The lofty title of the book seems inappropriate for the somewhat blase information provided. I am ... Read full review

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It isn't clear how Jacob Bronowski came to be delivering the Silliman lectures for 1967 at Yale University, but in doing so he delivered a marvellous and, apparently, criminally overlooked book which ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by S E Luria 1 The Mind as an Instrument for Understanding
The Evolution and Power of Symbolic Language
Knowledge as Algorithm and as Metaphor
The Laws of Nature and the Nature of Laws
Error Progress and the Concept of Time
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