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Espinoza, Fernando, 1951-
The nature of science : integrating historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives / Fernando Espinoza
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  Q181 .E695 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Science -- Study and teaching -- Philosophy
Science -- Social aspects
Physical Description xiii, 171 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Summary "The role of science, along with its nature and development, are commonly misunderstood. Fernando Espinoza shines light on these misconceptions to show that the role of science also lies in its effect and influence upon society through historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives. This book incorporates the mandates by national organizations such as the National Research Council and National Science Teachers Association and is a useful text for required courses of general education majors"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-162) and index
Contents The need for scientific literacy -- The origins of accomplishing tasks : from individual to organized efforts -- The earliest comprehensive and rationalistic syntheses -- 4- knowing, doing and the inevitability of curiosity and exploration -- From the transcendent to the temporal-a transformative experience -- From qualities to quantities : the mathematization of nature -- Internalizing naturalistic explanations, benefit or threat? -- Dispensing with philosophy and entertaining limits to human knowledge -- Scientifically speaking, we know a lot, or do we? -- The need for a context -- The rightful place of science in society -- Concluding reflections

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