A fascinating look at key thinkers throughout history who have shaped public perception of science and the role of authority When does a scientific discovery become accepted fact Why have scientific facts become easy to deny And what can we do about it In The Workshop and the World, philosopher and science historian Robert P Crease answers these questions by describing the origins of our scientific infrastructure the workshop and the role of ten of the world s greatest thinkers in shaping it At a time when the Catholic Church assumed total authority, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, and Ren Descartes were the first to articulate the worldly authority of science, while writers such as Mary Shelley and Auguste Comte told cautionary tales of divorcing science from the humanities The provocative leaders and thinkers Kemal Atat rk and Hannah Arendt addressed the relationship between the scientific community and the public in in times of deep distrust.As today s politicians and government officials increasingly accuse scientists of dishonesty, conspiracy, and even hoaxes, engaged citizens can t help but wonder how we got to this level of distrust and how we can emerge from it This book tells dramatic stories of individuals who confronted fierce opposition and sometimes risked their lives in describing the proper authority of science, and it examines how ignorance and misuse of science constitute the preeminent threat to human life and culture An essential, timely exploration of what it means to practice science for the common good as well as the danger of political action divorced from science, The Workshop and the World helps us understand both the origins of our current moment of great anti science rhetoric and what we can do to help keep the modern world from falling apart. Best Read The Workshop and the World: What Ten Thinkers Can Teach Us About Science and Authority Author Robert P. Crease For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk
Professor Robert P Crease is Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, New York.
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