The Art of the Soluble - MEDAWAR, P. B.Methuen & Co., 1967, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Some light spotting to foredges and prelims otherwise a very well presented copy.
A collection of essays giving the views of the author on creativity and originality in science and on the logical connections between creative and critical thought. It is also a pioneering study of the ethology of scientists of the anatomy of scientific behaviour. Is it true that scientists are (or should be) detached and dispassionate observers of Nature? What underlies the scientists deep concern over matters of priority? How did a class distinction grow up between pure and applied science? By what criteria do scientists value their own and their colleagues work? Some of the answers grow out of the author’s four critical studies of Teilhard de Chardin, Arthur Koestler, D’Arcy Thompson and Herbert Spencer, and the book as a whole is knit together by a major essay, “Hypothesis and Imagination”, on the nature of scientific reasoning. Although the author is contemptuous of mystery-making and mock profundities he does not see science as a book-keeping of Nature but, on the contrary, as the greatest of human adventures.
Size: 8¾" x 5½"
Number of Pages: 160
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