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The Wisdom of Science

The Wisdom of Science
Its Relevance to Culture and Religion

  • Date Published: November 1986
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521314480

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  • We live in a culture which, while largely dependent on science for its material welfare, is largely ignorant of the new ideas and perspectives on which science is based. This book examines the true significance of science and technology for society over the last three hundred years. Professor Hanbury Brown's insight and experience have resulted in a novel approach to the discussion of the cultural role of science. After reviewing the history of how science grew to be both useful to, and feared by society, the book traces the same period in the context of new ideas and concepts in scientific research. Later chapters deal with society's current view of science and the need for attitudes to be changed, and then a discussion of the religious dimensions of science. This book aims to clear away some of the popular misconceptions about science and to put in their place a wider and deeper understanding of the nature of science and its value to society.

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    ' Lucidly and wittily written - a style reminiscent of Bertrand Russell … thoughtful, intelligent and important contribution to the literature … powerful and thought-provoking book … so clearly written that anyone can read and enjoy it.' New Scientist

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    • Date Published: November 1986
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521314480
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. Changing the world
    2. Interpreting the world
    3. The cultural dimension of science
    4. The religious dimension of science
    Selected bibliography
    Index.

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    Hanbury Brown, University of Sydney

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