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The Demons of Science

What They Can and Cannot Tell Us About Our World

Authors: Weinert, Friedel

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  • Demonstrates the central role that thought experiments can play in scientific reasoning and explores their deep philosophical consequences, with special emphasis on demons
  • Written primarily for an academic audience, but also accessible to the interested layperson
  • Inspires readers to question their existing assumptions about matters such as determinism and indeterminism
  • Also addresses the nature of the mind, free will, an the arrows of time 
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This book is the first all-encompassing exploration of the role of demons in philosophical and scientific thought experiments. In Part I, the author explains the importance of thought experiments in science and philosophy. Part II considers Laplace’s Demon, whose claim is that the world is completely deterministic. Part III introduces Maxwell’s Demon, who - by contrast - experiences a world that is probabilistic and indeterministic. Part IV explores Nietzsche’s thesis of the cyclic and eternal recurrence of events. In each case a number of philosophical consequences regarding determinism and indeterminism, the arrows of time, the nature of the mind and free will are said to follow from the Demons’s worldviews. The book investigates what these Demons - and others - can and cannot tell us about our world.  

About the authors

Friedel Weinert is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Bradford in the UK. He is the author of several books about the interactions of science and philosophy – The Scientist as Philosopher (2004); Copernicus, Darwin and Freud (2009); The March of Time (2013)– as well as editor of Laws of Nature (1995) and co-editor of Compendium of Quantum Physics (2009) and Evolution 2.0 (2012).

Table of contents (28 chapters)

Table of contents (28 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Demons of Science
Book Subtitle
What They Can and Cannot Tell Us About Our World
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31708-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31708-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-31707-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81101-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 251
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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