Michael Polanyi: Scientist And Philosopher by William Taussig Scott

Michael Polanyi: Scientist And Philosopher

byWilliam Taussig Scott, Martin X. Moleski

Hardcover | May 27, 2005

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Michael Polanyi was one of the great figures of European intellectual life in the 20th century. A highly acclaimed physical chemist in the first period of his career who became a celebrated philosopher after World War II, Polanyi taught in Germany, England, and the United States and associatedwith many of the leading intellects of his time. His biography has remained unwritten partly because his many and scattered interests in a wide variety of fields, including six subfields of physical chemistry, epistemology, economics, patent law, social and political theory, aesthetics, andtheology. This long-awaited volume will be the definitive resource on Polanyi and his work.

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William Taussig Scott was a distinguished theoretical physicist with a lifelong interest in philosophy, and the author of The Physics of Electricity and Magnetism (1959) and Erwin Schrodinger: An Introduction to His Writings (1967). Two National Science Foundation Fellowships were critical in his development: at Yale he studied theolo...

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Title:Michael Polanyi: Scientist And PhilosopherFormat:HardcoverDimensions:394 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 1.42 inPublished:May 27, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019517433X

ISBN - 13:9780195174335

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"This is an extraordinary biography of an extraordinary man. Michael Polanyi was both physical scientist and philosopher of science, who sought in his later career to define the relationships among science, faith and freedom, as captured in this vivid narrative by the late William T. Scottand Martin X. Moleski. Drawing on collections of private correspondence and on interviews with more than 150 people who knew him, this first major biography of Michael Polanyi is an essential source for understanding Polanyi, his extremely talented family, and his scientific and intellectualmilieus in twentieth-century Central Europe, Great Britain, and the United States."--Mary Jo Nye, Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History, Oregon State University