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The Resource From certainty to uncertainty : the story of science and ideas in the twentieth century, F. David Peat

From certainty to uncertainty : the story of science and ideas in the twentieth century, F. David Peat

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From certainty to uncertainty : the story of science and ideas in the twentieth century
Title
From certainty to uncertainty
Title remainder
the story of science and ideas in the twentieth century
Statement of responsibility
F. David Peat
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Story of science and ideas in the twentieth century
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eng
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  • "Early Theorists believed that science promised certainty. Built on a foundation of fact and constructed with objective and trustworthy tools, science consistently produced knowledge. Then disturbing discoveries made by twentieth-century scientists revealed that this knowledge will always be fundamentally incomplete and that a true understanding of the world is ultimately beyond our grasp." "In this book, physicist F. David Peat examines the basic philosophic certainty that characterized the thinking of humankind through the nineteenth century and contrasts it with the startling fall of certainty in the twentieth. Indeed, the nineteenth century was marked by a boundless optimism and confidence in the power of progress and technology. Our ebullience was so great, our belief in science so firm, that in 1900 the President of Britain's Royal Society proclaimed that everything of importance had already been discovered by science." "But it was not long before the seeds of a scientific revolution began to take root."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1938-
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Peat, F. David
Dewey number
530/.09/04
Index
index present
LC call number
QC6
LC item number
.P33 2002
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Physics
  • Certainty
  • Chaotic behavior in systems
  • Physics
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In this thoughtful and compelling book, physicist F. David Peat examines the basic philosophic difference between the certainty that characterized the thinking of humankind through the nineteenth century and contrasts it with the startling fall of certainty in the twentieth. The nineteenth century was marked by a boundless optimism and confidence in the power of progress and technology. Science and philosophy were on firm ground. Newtonian physics showed that the universe was a gigantic clockwork mechanism that functioned according to rigid laws -- that its course could be predicted with total confidence far into the future. Indeed, in 1900, the President of the Royal Society in Britain went so far as to proclaim that everything of importance had already been discovered by science. But it was not long before the seeds of a scientific revolution began to take root. Quantum theory and the general theory of relativity exploded the clockwork universe, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that our knowledge was, at best, incomplete -- and would probably remain that way forever. There were places in the universe, such as black holes, from which no information at all could ever be obtained. Chaos theory also demonstrated our inherent limits to knowing, predicting, and controlling the world around us and showed the way that chaos can often be found at the heart of natural and social systems. Although we may not always recognize it, this new world view has had a profound effect not only on science, but on art, literature, philosophy, and societal relations. The twenty-first century now begins with a humble acceptance of uncertainty. From Certainty to Uncertainty traces the rise and fall of the deterministic universe and shows the evolving influences that such disparate disciplines now have on one another. Drawing on the lessons we can learn from history, Peat also speculates on how we will manage our lives int
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From certainty to uncertainty : the story of science and ideas in the twentieth century, F. David Peat
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Includes index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Quantum uncertainty -- On incompleteness -- From object to process -- Language -- The end of representation -- From clockwork to chaos -- Re-envisioning the planet -- Pausing the Cosmos
Control code
48989218
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 230 pages
Isbn
9780309076418
Isbn Type
(hard)
Lccn
2002001482
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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From certainty to uncertainty : the story of science and ideas in the twentieth century, F. David Peat
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Quantum uncertainty -- On incompleteness -- From object to process -- Language -- The end of representation -- From clockwork to chaos -- Re-envisioning the planet -- Pausing the Cosmos
Control code
48989218
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 230 pages
Isbn
9780309076418
Isbn Type
(hard)
Lccn
2002001482
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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