Good Science : The Pursuit of Truth and the Evolution of Reality
Good Science revisits the key debates of the Science Wars and argues that the pursuit of scientific truth has, more than any other human endeavor, routinely revolutionized the fabric of social reality - for the better. What's more, Good Science asserts that the quest for truth offers the best way to surmount global social crises and create an entirely new (but never problem-free) future for humanity.
- Hardback | 142 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
- 11 Aug 2011
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1:Good Science in a Dark Age Chapter 3 Chapter 2:Did Darwin Tell the Truth? Chapter 4 Chapter 3:Good Science for Rebels Chapter 5 Chapter 4:The Sky is Not the Limit Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Revolutions in the Making Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Brightening a Dark Universe Chapter 8 Chapter 7: The Future is Problematic
Good Science provides a provocative and accessible discussion of the social and philosophical complexities of scientific knowledge. Science, it turns out, is best when it becomes messy, and the messy issues of truth, reality, and technology are examined and clarified, through historical cases, in this excellent and insightful study. -- Will Wright, Colorado State University-Pueblo Working theoretically from an evolving standard of truth, Professor McGettigan takes the reader through major issues in science that detail how we move from A to B to C. That is to say, inside of 200 pages of beautifully written text we are taken on a journey, a tour de force, that ends with an analysis of the information society - a movement from gigantic tons of computers that would never fit into a home living room to iPhones-that can do the same sort of computing, if not more, that can fit neatly in a vest pocket. Good Science: The Pursuit of Truth and the Evolution of Reality, by professor Timothy McGettigan is an exceptional read. It not only charts the revolutions in science, but along the way he shows that none of it is devoid of human contact and influence: sometimes good, sometimes not so good. This important text powerfully addresses in a lively way, the sometimes-drab world of science so hidden from human inspection. This book is a must for any reader trying to understand the trajectories science, policy and the human condition. -- Earl Smith, Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies and Sociology, Wake Forest University McGettigan...makes an enjoyable and wide-ranging case for forging ahead. Washington State Magazine
About Timothy McGettigan
Timothy McGettigan is professor of sociology at Colorado State University - Pueblo.