Dimensions of Scientific Thought

By Prof. John T. Sanders
Read by Edwin Newman

The Science and Discovery Series

2.73 Hours 01/09/2006 unabridged
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We think of science as a way of discovering certainty in an unpredictable world; experiments are designed to objectivity measure cause and effect. Yet science often produces more new questions than answers, and all scientific theories can change with new and better observations. Scientific philosophers say that “objective” observations actually depend heavily on the observer’s intuition and point of view. This audio presentation explores the power and limitations of this special type of knowledge called science. The Science and Discovery Series recreates one of history’s most successful journeys: four thousand years of scientific efforts to better understand and control the physical world. Science has often challenged and upset conventional wisdom or accepted practices; this is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress. Aristotle, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, and many others are featured.

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We think of science as a way of discovering certainty in an unpredictable world; experiments are designed to objectivity measure cause and effect. Yet science often produces more new questions than answers, and all scientific theories can change with new and better observations. Scientific philosophers say that “objective” observations actually depend heavily on the observer’s intuition and point of view. This audio presentation explores the power and limitations of this special type of knowledge called science.

The Science and Discovery Series recreates one of history’s most successful journeys: four thousand years of scientific efforts to better understand and control the physical world. Science has often challenged and upset conventional wisdom or accepted practices; this is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress. Aristotle, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein, and many others are featured.

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Author Bio: Prof. John T. Sanders

John T. Sanders teaches philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received two BAs from Purdue University and an MA and PhD from Boston University. Previously, Sanders has served as chair of the Department of Philosophy at RIT three times and has been awarded the Eisenhart Annual Award for Outstanding Teaching twice. He is the author and editor of several books and has written more than thirty articles on philosophy; he has also given lectures in the United States and in Europe. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 2.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English