Science and Human Values

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Faber & Faber #ad - Science and human values was originally a lecture by Jacob Bronowski at MIT in 1953. Above all, bronowski strove to make science and technology answerable to social progress, to 'human values. He anticipated the deepening gap between the 'two cultures' and knew that the sciences must be restored to a place in political common sense.

Science and Human Values #ad - George Steiner. Published five years later, it opens unforgettably with Bronowski's description of Nagasaki in 1945: 'a bare waste of ashes', making him acutely aware of science's power both for good and for evil. After such knowledge, routinely, a process of trial-and-error, part of a great shared human interest in ourselves and the world around us; and, what forgiveness? With care and erudition Bronowski argues that scientific endeavour is an essentially creative act, the end of which is not - cannot be - preordained.

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The Ascent Of Man

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BBC Digital #ad - Dr jacob bronowksi's the Ascent of Man traces the development of human society through our understanding of science. First published in 1973 to accompany the groundbreaking BBC television series, it is considered one of the first works of 'popular science', illuminating the historical and social context of scientific development for a generation of readers.

In his highly accessible style, agriculture to genetics, Dr Bronowski discusses human invention from the flint tool to geometry, and from alchemy to the theory of relativity, showing how they all are expressions of our ability to understand and control nature. In this new paperback edition, The Ascent of Man inspires, influences and informs as profoundly as ever.

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The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination

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Yale University Press #ad - One rejoices in bronowski’s dedication to the identity of acts of creativity and of imagination, whether in Blake or Yeats or Einstein or Heisenberg. Kirkus reviews“according to bronowski, our account of the world is dictated by our biology: how we perceive, imagine, symbolize, etc. A gem of enlightenment.

. He examines the mechanisms of our perception; the origin and nature of natural language; formal systems and scientific discourse; and how science, as a systematic attempt to establish closed systems one after another, progresses by exploring its own errors and new but unforeseen connections. He proposes to explain how we receive and translate our experience of the world so that we achieve knowledge.

The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination #ad - The mind as an Instrument for Understanding2. The evolution and Power of Symbolic Language3. Knowledge as Algorithm and as Metaphor4. The laws of nature and the Nature of Laws5. Error, progress, and the Concept of Time6. Law and Individual Responsibility. A delightful look at the inquiring mind. Library journal“eminently enjoyable to read, with a good story or ‘bon mot’ on every page.

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Society and Technological Change

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Worth Publishers #ad - Society and technological change is the best text available for undergraduate courses exploring the relationship between societal and technological change Brimming with Rudi Volti’s expertise and enthusiasm for its dynamic subject, this always timely volume helps students grasp the vast societal implications of a wide range of technological breakthroughs, both historic and contemporary.

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Inadvertent Why I Write

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Yale University Press #ad - The second book in the why i write series provides generous insight into the creative process of the award-winning Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard “Why I Write” may prove to be the most difficult question Karl Ove Knausgaard has struggled to answer yet it is central to the project of one of the most influential writers working today.

Inadvertent Why I Write #ad - . To write, for the norwegian artist, is to resist easy thinking and preconceived notions that inhibit awareness of our lives. Knausgaard writes to “erode his own notions about the world. A deeply personal meditation, Inadvertent is a cogent and accessible guide to the creative process of one of our most prolific and ingenious artists.

It is one thing to know something, another to write about it. The key to enhanced living is the ability to hit upon something inadvertently, to regard it from a position of defenselessness and unknowing.

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The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - The triggering town is hugo's now-classic collection of lectures, absurd, essays, and reflections, futile, maddening, all "directed toward helping with that silly, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems. Anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, playful, will benefit greatly from Hugo's sayd, profound insights and advice concerning the mysteries of literary creation.

The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing #ad - Richard hugo's free-swinging, go-for-it remarks on poetry and the teaching of poetry are exactly what are needed in classrooms and in the world. James dickeyrichard hugo was that rare phenomenon of American letters—a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher.

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The Common Sense of Science

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Faber & Faber #ad - Instead, galileo, huyghens and Newton and their contemporaries imagined 'a world of events running in a steady mechanism of before and after'. He denounced 'the destructive modern prejudice that art and science are different and somehow incompatible interests'. Jacob bronowski was, with kenneth clarke, the greatest popularizer of serious ideas in Britain between the mid 1950s and the early 1970s.

Trained as a mathematician, he was equally at home with painting and physics, and wrote a series of brilliant books that tried to break down the barriers between 'the two cultures'. For bronowski, these were common-sense ideas that became immensely powerful and productive when applied to a vision of the world that broke with the medieval notion of a world of things ordered according to their ideal natures.

The Common Sense of Science #ad - We are still living with the consequences of this search for order and causality within the facts that the world presents to us. The common sense of science, first published in 1951, is a vivid attempt to explain in ordinary language how science is done and how scientists think. He isolates three creative ideas that have been central to science: the idea of order, the idea of causes and the idea of chance.

He wrote a fine book on William Blake while running the National Coal Board's research establishment.

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The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon

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Prometheus #ad - A marvelously eloquent and compelling speaker, science, freedom, Bronowski spent the last half of his life teaching the possibilities of humanism, and peace. He won the british equivalent of an emmy for a radio play he wrote, sparked the "Two Cultures" controversy of the 1960s, led the mission sent to assess the effects of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and cofounded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with Jonas Salk.

He revolutionized the study of William Blake, invented smokeless coal, and proved Australopithecus africanus was a relative of humans. The first-ever biography of jacob bronowski--one of the leading science popularizers of his generation. Best remembered today for his blockbuster documentary series The Ascent of Man, Jacob Bronowski spent decades explaining scientific ideas to laypersons on television and radio.

The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon #ad - A true renaissance man, Bronowski was not only a scientist, but a philosopher and a poet. This thoroughly researched and eloquently written biography will spark renewed interest in one of the great public intellectuals of the twentieth century. He was a close friend of Leo Szilard inventor of the atomic bomb and William Empson the prominent poet.

. In this first-ever biography, author Timothy Sandefur examines the extraordinary accomplishments and fascinating range of thought of this brilliant man. As sandefur documents, the extent of Bronowki's interests and achievements is staggering.

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The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

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Penguin Books #ad - Hugely ambitious and highly original, The Beginning of Infinity explores and establishes deep connections between the laws of nature, knowledge, the human condition, and the possibility for progress. Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, art, as well as the history of civilization, and the theory of political institutions, Deutsch tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, moral values, explaining the conditions under which progress—which he argues is potentially boundless—can and cannot happen.

The new york times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge“Dazzling. Steven pinker, the guardianin this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor.

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Why Photography Matters The MIT Press

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The MIT Press #ad - He constructs an argument that moves with natural logic from thomas pynchon and why we read him for his vision and not his command of miscellaneous facts to Jonathan Swift to Plato to Emily Dickinson who wrote “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant” to detailed readings of photographs by Eugène Atget, Garry Winogrand, Walker Evans, Marcia Due, and Robert Frank.

Why Photography Matters The MIT Press #ad - . A lucid and wide-ranging meditation on why photography is unique among the picture-making arts. Photography matters, writes jerry Thompson, because of how it works—not only as an artistic medium but also as a way of knowing. Forcefully and persuasively, he argues for photography as a medium whose business is not constructing fantasies pleasing to the eye or imagination, but describing the world in the toughest and deepest way.

With this provocative observation, Thompson begins a wide-ranging and lucid meditation on why photography is unique among the picture-making arts.

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