The No-Nonsense Guide to Science
Written by Jerome Ravetz.
Published in Canada in association with New Internationalist Publications Ltd. by Between the Lines, 2005.
|Science is still the
greatest intellectual adventure, but now it is also seen as an instrument of
profit, power and privilege. Wrongly used, it might yet make the twenty-first
century our last. To make sense of all this, we need to let go of old ideas and
In the No-Nonsense Guide to Science, Jerome Ravetz introduces the 'post-normal' way of thinking about science. We transcend the old simplistic ideas of perfect certainty and objectivity in science. They have justified dogmatism in teaching, and they have failed to protect people and the environment when science goes wrong. Now we must admit value-loading, uncertainty and ignorance in science, as well as the need for citizens' participation in the policies involving science.
The book includes a refreshing new look at the history of science, and concludes with a questionnaire that enables anyone engaged in science to find themselves in the picture.
About the author: Jerome Ravetz is an esteemed philosopher of science who has taught at the universities of Leeds, Utrecht, Shanghai, and Harvard.
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