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History and Philosophy of Science

An innovative subset of our History and Philosophy books, Cambridge Scholars Publishing has developed a specialism in titles focusing on the History and Philosophy of Science. Recent and forthcoming work in this area looks the study of the development of global scientific institutions and societies, and the analysis of historical scientific approaches to social problems like disease and gender. As a whole, the collection is essential reading for historians, philosophers, and scientists alike, and to anyone eager to learn about the history and philosophy of our relationship to science.

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The Relevance of Philosophy

As the culmination of a long career in philosophy plus long excursions in physics, history, and theology, the author reflects on what must be done to make philosophy relevant to non-philosophers. Philosophers, the author argues, should go beyond specialized philosophical studies, acquire a knowledge of other disciplines, and then t...

Searching for Sustainable Development and Its Purpose

This book provides a synthesis of sustainable development, formulating and promoting a lifestyle that would facilitate the reasonable satisfaction of the needs of all people throughout the world, be environmental friendly, and not exceed the carrying capacity of ecosystems. It details the “big picture” of the human story, discussin...

Fundamental Optics

In view of recent rapid advances in technology, one may be surprised to learn that at least two of the basic tenets of optics are over a thousand years old, namely the law of reflection and the law of reciprocity. This book serves to update existing knowledge about light with the help of new actual data derived from easily reproduc...

Fertilizing the Universe

The fertilization of the universe and the subsequent existence of the living cosmos are essential aspects of research into the cosmic evolution. Sustainability, a universal phenomenon and a footprint of evolution, is also a cosmic endeavour, and continues to consolidate along with the advancement of evolution. The evolution of life...

Hilbert, Göttingen and the Development of Modern Mathematics

David Hilbert is one of the outstanding mathematicians of the twentieth century and probably the most influential. This book highlights Hilbert’s contributions to mathematics, putting them in their historical, social and cultural context. In doing so, particular attention is paid to Hilbert’s axiomatic method and his proposal for t...

Perspectives on Chemical Biography in the 21st Century

Overlooked, even despised by historians of chemistry for many years, the genre of biography has enjoyed a revival since the beginning of this century. The key to its renaissance is the use of the biographical form to provide a contextual analysis of important themes in contrast to the uncritical, almost hagiographic, lives of chemi...

Empedocles of Acragas

Empedocles of Acragas is known as philosopher, healer, excellent orator, miracle-maker, and engineer. This book shows that the careful study of extant fragments of his writings confirms that he was a multi-faceted thinker. In a period when most thinkers were monists, he was a pluralist and the first to introduce the principle of th...

Diversity, Freedom and Evolution

Science is responsible for most of the miracles that define modern life. This leads to the disconcerting situation where need and belief are in conflict. There is an enormous literature about science and evolution in particular, but all previous authors have missed the point that evolution gives us basic tenets that are not situati...

The Ages of the Earth

Negationism is an irrational but useful tool for manipulation. Almost nobody supports the Flat Earth model or the geocentrism, but some European educational laws still offer a confessional education that treats as real the myth about Adam and Eve. This book recounts the struggle that human mind has maintained, over two millennia, a...

The Origin of Geometry in India

This book is the first complete study of the origin of geometry in India. In Ancient India, brick-built fire-altars (citi-s) were ordained for the Soma sacrifice, a Vedic rite, which led to the compilation of rule-books for making and arranging bricks. These volumes, called Śulbasūtra-s, represent the first available texts of both ...

Traditions of Science Mediatization in Russia in a Global Context

This book presents for the first time the general logic of the development of popular science in Russia in relation to the Western experience, during the periods of the both the Russian Empire and the USSR.From the perspective of scientific achievements, Russia is an integral part of the Western world. Moreover, in the 20th century...

On Theory

This book provides value to anyone interested in theory—for understanding why it exists, why it exists in the form it does, what it is (and what it is not), how to do it and when and where, and the responsibilities it entails. It is useful for those studying theory (or the philosophy of science), for those writing theory, for those...
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