Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Fact, Faith and Fiction in the Development of Science

The Gifford Lectures Given in the University of St Andrews 1976

Authors: Hooykaas, R.

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In this posthumous book, the late Professor R. Hooykaas (1906-1994) conveys a lifetime of historical thought about modes of scientific advance over the centuries. In what variety of ways has the human mind, with all its subjectivity and its capacity for self-deception, but also its piercing gifts of discovery, managed to come to terms with `the whimsical tricks of nature'? Central to this erudite, penetrating, and widely ranging study is Hooykaas's distinction between facts (given by nature yet entirely subject to our mode of interpreting them), faith (broad conceptions like the idea of order, of simplicity, or of harmony), and fictions in the sense of those daring intellectual tools, such as theories and hypotheses and models, which reflect the scientist's creative imagination. Case studies drawn from the history of all branches of science (including chemistry and the earth sciences) and from Antiquity to the present day, serve to widen and to deepen the understanding of every reader (whether a historian of science or not) with a desire to learn more about the realities of the scientific pursuit.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fact, Faith and Fiction in the Development of Science
Book Subtitle
The Gifford Lectures Given in the University of St Andrews 1976
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
205
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9295-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9295-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5774-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5248-3
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 462
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