Science and Sensibility: The Elegant Logic of the Universe
Science has produced the vast information explosion that barrages us daily with data both trivial and profound. Though people seem eager to acquire more and more information, few understand what to do with it or how to integrate it into a coherent worldview. Paradoxically, as information has increased, knowledge has declined.
This book is designed to provide a thorough grounding in science literacy for the general lay reader. Acclaimed science writer and chemistry professor Keith J. Laidler reviews the major contributions of the different branches of science - including biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology - and shows how they all lead to a unified conception of our place in the universe. He further asserts that by lifting the great veil of mystery through science, we can more fully appreciate the beauty of the universe. Although much still remains to be discovered, Laidler stresses that evidence from every field of science supports a consensus view, an elegantly logical and self-consistent picture of the formation and development of the universe and of life within it.
Even more important than understanding the basic features of this scientific worldview is knowing the method by which science arrives at its conclusions. He points out that this approach to ascertaining the truth is used by judges in courts of law and by scholars in academic fields of the humanities, as well as by scientists. By learning to weigh sound evidence in an objective and unbiased fashion, we can selectively judge the information that surrounds us and integrate it into a scientific understanding, while still retaining our sense of wonder.
This elegantly written and lucid explanation of science in contemporary life will not only spark an interest into the wonders of many fascinating scientific disciplines but will stimulate readers to think more critically and scientifically.
24 pages matching experimental in this book
Results 1-3 of 24
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
A Few Points about Mathematics
9 other sections not shown
amino acids amounts of energy astronomer atoms believe big bang called carbon chaos chaos theory chapter chemical chemist chemistry codons common logarithms conclusion Darwin deuterium Earth effect Einstein's electric electromagnetic electron elements emitted entropy Ernest Rutherford evidence example existence experimental experiments fact frequency galaxies genes genetic geology gravitational heat helium Hubble constant human hydrogen idea important intuitive Isaac Newton isotopes James Hutton Kelvin kilometers kind later light light-years living mass mathematical matter Maxwell means memes meters method molecules nature neutrons Newton nineteenth century nuclear nucleus observations occur orbits particles particular physicist physics planets principle produced protein protons quantum theory radiation radio waves radioactive reaction religion religious belief result Richard Dawkins rocks scientific scientists sometimes species speed stars suggested telescope temperature theory of evolution theory of relativity things tiny tion truth understand uranium wavelength words