Beyond Science

Beyond Science : The Wider Human Context

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John Polkinghorne has had a distinguished career as a particle physicist and as an author of books exploring themes in science and religion. In Beyond Science Polkinghorne examines the nature of scientific inquiry itself and the human context in which science operates. The book looks to issues of meaning and value, such as scientific competition and subjectivity, as well as more practical aspects of the discipline as the conference circuit and the nurturing of new research. Throughout, Polkinghorne offers an accessible and personal view of science and its relationship to the human spirit.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 9mm | 190g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521625084
  • 9780521625081
  • 2,962,799

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Is science enough?; 2. Understanding the physical world; 3. Working together; 4. Memoirs of the great; 5. What happened to the human mind?; 6. What does it mean?; 7. Ultimate questions; 8. Is, ought and wonder; 9. Responsible behaviour; Index.
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Review quote

'Polkinghorne has written an interesting, thought-provoking book ... a fascinating account.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Polkinghorne's literate sense of wonder at the magical richness of things shines out on almost every page, whether or not one agrees that it implies a creator.' David Mermin, Nature 'A thoughtful book for the mature upper sixth-former'. Andrew Lintern-Ball, School Science Review '... this is an admirable book'. Chris Clarke, Physics World
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