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John Swenson-Wright, Andrew Bell and Karin Tybjerg; Peter Lipton; Carlo Ginzberg; Vincent Courtillot; Monica M. Grady; Brian Greene; Philip Dawid; Cherie Booth; Karen Armstrong
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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521710190

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  • Eight distinguished experts from a wide range of disciplines consider the nature and the use of evidence in the modern world. Peter Lipton begins the book by analysing evidence in general philosophical terms. Carlo Ginzurg then examines the ambiguities of historical evidence. Vincent Courtillot analyses the evidence for cataclysmic geological change. Monica Grady considers the evidence for life in space. Brian Greene discusses superstring theory and the quest for a unified theory of the universe. Philip Dawid explores the uses and abuses of statistical evidence in landmark legal cases while Cherie Booth looks at the role of evidence in domestic and international law. In the final chapter Karen Armstrong considers the role of evidence in religious belief.

    • Written by leading, well-known specialists
    • Is accessbile to non-specialists
    • Coverage is broad so it will appeal to a wide range of readers
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    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521710190
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 175 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction John Swenson-Wright, Andrew Bell and Karin Tybjerg
    1. Evidence and explanation Peter Lipton
    2. Representing the enemy: historical evidence and its ambiguities Carlo Ginzberg
    3. Evidence for catastrophes in the evolution of life and Earth Vincent Courtillot
    4. Evidence for life beyond Earth? Monica M. Grady
    5. Evidence in theory Brian Greene
    6. Statistics and the law Philip Dawid
    7. Legal evidence: judging the verities of advocates Cherie Booth
    8. Evidence for religious faith: a red herring Karen Armstrong
    Notes on contributors

  • Authors

    Andrew Bell, University of Cambridge
    John Swenson-Wright is a lecturer in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge.

    John Swenson-Wright, University of Cambridge
    Andrew Bell is Director of Studies in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge.

    Karin Tybjerg, University of Cambridge
    Karin Tybjerg is an affiliated research scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.


    John Swenson-Wright, Andrew Bell and Karin Tybjerg; Peter Lipton; Carlo Ginzberg; Vincent Courtillot; Monica M. Grady; Brian Greene; Philip Dawid; Cherie Booth; Karen Armstrong

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