Uncommon Sense

Uncommon Sense : The Heretical Nature of Science

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Uncommon Sense is an innovative and lively examination of science and its historical development as an "unnatural" mode of thought. This book looks at why science developed in the West and what its implications have been for our society. This book will also challenge many assumptions about the nature and role of science in our world. Professor of Physics, Alan Cromer, examines not only the history of science and its unique mode of thought but also the way that science is taught and suggests ways of restructuring the curriculum. Uncommon Sense is an illuminating look at science, filled with provocative observations. Whether challenging Thomas Kuhn's theory of scientific revolutions, or extolling the virtues of Euclid's Elements, Alan Cromer is always insightful, outspoken, and refreshingly original.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 202 x 16mm | 299.37g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line figures
  • 0195096363
  • 9780195096361
  • 106,935

Review quote

... this book is a healthy antidote to all the deconstructing of the remarkable achievements of Western science that is going on in modern academic life. * Harold Morowitz, Nature *show more

About Alan H. Cromer

Alan Cromer is Professor of Physics and Northeastern Universityshow more

Table of contents

Aspects of Science; Mind and Magic; From Apes to Agriculture; Prophets and Poets; Theorems and Planets; Sages and Scholars; Towns and Gowns; Science and Nonsense; Are we Alone?; Education for an Age of Science; Appendix A: Hindu Trigonometry; Appendix B: An Integrated Science Course.show more

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