The Tree of Knowledge

The Bright and the Dark Sides of Science

Authors: Ronchi, Claudio

  • A fascinating long view of science by an author with extensive "insider" knowledge
  • Warns against the assumption that science equates with salvation
  • Paints plausible pictures of different futures, showing how they relate to our use and abuse of science
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About this book

Whether considered a divine gift or a Promethean conquest, science has indisputably and indelibly marked the course of human history. A product of the intellectual elite, but always nourished by the many fruits of its applications, science appears today to be a perfect system, whose laws and discoveries guide all human activities. Yet the foundations of its authority remain an open question, entailing disquieting aspects that are also to be identified in modern science. Furthermore it is seen to be exerting an increasing power over mankind. Readers are invited to follow an itinerary through the history of science, a voyage which, in the end, enables them to catch a glimpse of two divergent futures: One in which science accelerates the downfall of Homo sapiens, and another in which it helps our species to engage in a new and positive adventure, whose outcome nobody can know.

About the authors

Claudio Ronchi Dr., Gartenstrasse 37, D 76689 Karlsdorf-Neuthard, claron@arcor.de

CLAUDIO RONCHI was born in Milan in 1940. He attended the Classic Grammar School and after graduating in mathematics and physics from the State University of Milan, he joined the European Fast Reactor Project. He worked in German, French, English and Americans laboratories. In the 1990s he was requisitioned by the European Commission to establish a collaborative effort with the countries of the former Soviet Union. To this end he coordinated the first joint nuclear research projects with important Russian and European laboratories. Until his retirement he was head of the Materials Research Division of the European Institute of Transuranium Elements to Karlsruhe, where he also supervised  PhD works of students from all over the world. He presently lives in Germany.

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From the reviews:

“This is a fascinating, extensive, and insightful journey through the history of science. … as a work of sound scholarship, it belongs in all college libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (V. V. Raman, Choice, Vol. 51 (10), June, 2014)

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Hardcover $39.99
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Softcover $39.99
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  • Due: October 7, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34652-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Tree of Knowledge
Book Subtitle
The Bright and the Dark Sides of Science
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01484-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01484-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-01483-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34652-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 286
Number of Illustrations and Tables
48 b/w illustrations
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