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The Resource The end of science : facing the limits of knowledge in the twilight of the scientific age, John Horgan ; [with a new preface]

The end of science : facing the limits of knowledge in the twilight of the scientific age, John Horgan ; [with a new preface]

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The end of science : facing the limits of knowledge in the twilight of the scientific age
Title
The end of science
Title remainder
facing the limits of knowledge in the twilight of the scientific age
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John Horgan ; [with a new preface]
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eng
Summary
Propelled by a series of interviews with luminaries of modern science such as Stephen Hawking, Thomas Kuhn, Lynn Margulis, Roger Penrose, Francis Crick, Richard Dawkins, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Stephen Jay Gould, Steven Weinberg, E.O. Wilson, and Karl Popper, science writer John Horgan makes the case that science as we have known it - of startling revelations about heretofore unrecognized aspects of reality - is over. There will be no more discoveries like those of evolution or quantum mechanics; rather, all the big questions that can be answered have been answered, all the knowledge worth pursuing has become known. The point is not that the search for a final "theory of everything" has reached its successful conclusion, but rather that the world cannot give us one. According to Horgan, modern endeavors such as string theory are "ironic" and even "theological" in nature, not scientific, and as a result it is no surprise that no one can think of a means to confirm them. It was a controversial argument in 1996, and it remains one today, still firing up debates in labs and on the internet, not least because - as Horgan details in a lengthy new introduction - ironic science is more prevalent and powerful than ever. Still, while Horgan offers his critique, grounded in the thinking of the world's leading researchers, he offers homage, too. If science is ending, he maintains, it is only because it has done its work so well
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
501
Index
index present
LC call number
Q175
LC item number
.H794 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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The end of science : facing the limits of knowledge in the twilight of the scientific age, John Horgan ; [with a new preface]
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Copyright
Note
Originally published: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub., ©1996
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-317) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
2015 edition.
Extent
xxxiii, 333 pages
Isbn
9780465065929
Lccn
2015430144
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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  • ocn913190737
  • (OCoLC)913190737
Label
The end of science : facing the limits of knowledge in the twilight of the scientific age, John Horgan ; [with a new preface]
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub., ©1996
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-317) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
2015 edition.
Extent
xxxiii, 333 pages
Isbn
9780465065929
Lccn
2015430144
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn913190737
  • (OCoLC)913190737

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