Is Science Necessary?

Is Science Necessary?

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This book demolishes the caricature of the scientist as a "soulless hermit toiling away at abstruse problems he cannot explain except in incomprehensible gibberish". Nobel Prize-winning chemist Max Perutz demonstrates the need for an intelligent application and understanding of science in this collection of essays that ranges from science's role in food production, health, and energy to pen portraits of Fleming, Rutherford, Plank, and Weizmann. The book should be of interest to undergraduates across all science subjects and people interested in the philosophy of science.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • halftones, line drawings
  • 0192861182
  • 9780192861184

Table of contents

Is science necessary?; Science in war: Enemy alien; Atom spy; Great scientists: Discoverers of penicillin; Discoverer of the atomic nucleus; Discoverer of the quantum; Discoverers of the double helix; Chemist into statesman; About science: How to become a scientist; Brave new world; Nature's tinkering; Darwin, Popper, and evolution; Department of defense; More about immunity; Physics and the riddle of life.
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About M. F. Perutz

About the Author Max F. Perutz was winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. His other awards include the Royal Medal of the Royal Society, the Copley Medal of the Royal Society, and the Her Majesty the Queen's Order of Merit.
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