Why Beliefs Matter: Reflections on the Nature of Science

Paperback | May 22, 2014

byE. Brian Davies

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In the follow-up to his acclaimed Science in the Looking Glass, Brian Davies discusses deep problems about our place in the world, using a minimum of technical jargon. The book argues that "absolutist" ideas of the objectivity of science, dating back to Plato, continue to mislead generationsof both theoretical physicists and theologians. It explains that the multi-layered nature of our present descriptions of the world is unavoidable, not because of anything about the world, but because of our own human natures. It tries to rescue mathematics from the singular and exceptional statusthat it has been assigned, as much by those who understand it as by those who do not. Working throughout from direct quotations from many of the important contributors to its subject, it concludes with a penetrating criticism of many of the recent contributions to the often acrimonious debates aboutscience and religions.

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In the follow-up to his acclaimed Science in the Looking Glass, Brian Davies discusses deep problems about our place in the world, using a minimum of technical jargon. The book argues that "absolutist" ideas of the objectivity of science, dating back to Plato, continue to mislead generationsof both theoretical physicists and theologian...

E. Brian Davies is Emeritus Professor in Analysis, Department of Mathematics at King's College, London, UK and Fellow of the Royal Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:May 22, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Scientific Revolution2. The Human Condition3. The Nature of Mathematics4. Sense and Nonsense5. Science and Religion

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"... a wide-ranging, thought-provoking meditation." --Manjit Kumar, New Scientist