Creative Power of Chance CB

Creative Power of Chance CB

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In 1859 Charles Darwin used chance to introduce random mutations and selection as the basis for evolution, and James Clerk Maxwell used it to lay down the principles of the statistical mechanics of gases. Since then chance has invaded every corner of scientific activity. It is used today in fields as diverse as cosmology, particle physics, the social sciences, the study of the immune system, and the neurosciences.Dismissing chaos theory as a crutch, Remy Lestienne argues that chance is a real creative force. Using insights that evoke C. S. Peirce and others in his field, Lestienne finds support in many scientific developments for the presence of true chance in the world. His presentation of the history of the concept of chance and its present role in science will appeal strongly to readers with an interest in science and those who look for it in metaphysical issues.show more

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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95 x 19.05mm
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252023862
  • 9780252023866

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