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Thinking about Life The history and philosophy of biology and other sciences von Agutter, Paul S. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.11.2008
  • Verlag: Springer-Verlag
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Thinking about Life

Our previous book, About Life, concerned modern biology. We used our present-day understanding of cells to 'define' the living state, providing a basis for exploring several general-interest topics: the origin of life, extraterrestrial life, intelligence, and the possibility that humans are unique. The ideas we proposed in About Life were intended as starting-points for debate - we did not claim them as 'truth' - but the information on which they were based is currently accepted as 'scientific fact'. What does that mean? What is 'scientific fact' and why is it accepted? What is science - and is biology like other sciences such as physics (except in subject m- ter)? The book you are now reading investigates these questions - and some related ones. Like About Life, it may particularly interest a reader who wishes to change career to biology and its related subdisciplines. In line with a recommendation by the British Association for the Advancement of Science - that the public should be given fuller information about the nature of science - we present the concepts underpinning biology and a survey of its historical and philosophical basis.

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    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 267
    Erscheinungsdatum: 05.11.2008
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781402088667
    Verlag: Springer-Verlag
    Größe: 8834 kBytes
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