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A balanced and accessible philosophical introduction to feminist scientists' and science scholars' engagements with approaches to and hypotheses about gender in biology, and to the philosophical issues raised. This book will be of interest to students of biology, history and philosophy of science, science studies, and women's and gender studies.
Ryan Wasserman explores a range of fascinating puzzles raised by the possibility of time travel, with entertaining examples from physics, science fiction, and popular culture, and he draws out their implications for our understanding of time, tense, freedom, fatalism, causation, counterfactuals, laws of nature, persistence, change, and mereology.
An invaluable introduction to the arts and sciences for students, parents, and anyone curious about the nature of a liberal education
The Principle of Least Action underlies all physics and leads into quantum mechanics and Einstein's Relativity. There are some textbooks that do the calculations, and one book with nice pictures, but no book before this one that explains what 'action' is, and why nature follows this principle.
Individuals are things that everybody knows or thinks they do. Yet even scholars who practice or analyze the biological sciences often cannot agree on what an individual is and why. One reason for this disagreement is that the many important biological individuality concepts serve very different purposes defining, classifying, or...
Science and Psychology provides a comprehensive introduction to the structure and characteristics of scientific explanation, using examples from a variety of sciences to illuminate the scientific approach taken in psychology. In addition, the authors discuss a range of conceptual issues particular to psychology. They examine the concepts of free will,...
By Gary Ebbs
Valuable for scholars of the methodological principles of Carnap, Quine, and Putnam's science-inspired philosophies, including their views of truth, reference, logical truth, truth by convention, the role of rules in inquiry, and analyticity. This clearly structured volume opens up new avenues of thinking inspired by Carnap's, Quine's, and Putnam's work.
We frequently speak of certain things or phenomena being built out of or based in others. Making Things Up concerns these relations, which connect more fundamental things to less fundamental things: Karen Bennett calls these 'building relations'. She aims to illuminate what it means to say that one thing is...
By Mary Gribbin
What if Isaac Newton had never lived?Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose place in history has been overshadowed by the giant figure of Newton, were pioneering scientists within their own right, and instrumental in establishing the Royal Society.