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Science and human affairs 

Science and human affairs

The present volume sets forth certain of the humanistic aspects of natural science with illustrations largely from the field of biology. 

The work is an outcome of the author's experience as a teacher of zoology, although much that is here contained forms no part of routine zoological instruction. 

The interest of college students in the broader aspects of science, as viewed by the biologist, leads him to believe that the matter presented may interest a wider audience. We often hear the statement that "we live in a scientific age." But what does this mean historically, and what does it imply for the future? Again, it is said that the present is a period of "readjustment." Readjustment to what, and because of what?

 The present volume seeks in a modest way to answer these questions. The writer has also found an incentive in his conviction that the world has arrived at an age of science, that the necessary readjustments have not been completed and that the future belongs to the scientific frame of mind.

Science is the product of human reason applied to the phenomena of nature. It is, therefore, as old as rational thought. The straight-thinking man was always a scientist. 

The minor facts of science, which arise from the interpretation of simple phenomena, have been apprehended from the beginning, though not subjected to critical examination. 

The major facts of science, which are called scientific laws, and conscious analysis of the methods by which such laws are discovered have been acquired within the period of re- corded history. Comprehending, at last, the meaning of natural knowledge, man has discovered dm-ing the recent centuries, the network of relationships which constitutes modern science. But the foundations of science have existed since the dawn of rationality.

Contents of the book:

The History and Significance of Science
I. The Meaning of Science to Mankind 3
II. The Origins of Science in the Ancient World. 11
III. The Decline of Ancient Learning 42
IV. The Emergence of Modern Science 66
V. The Further Growth of Science 94

The Science of Biology
VI. The Biological Science of the Modern Period:
The Cell-Doctrine . 119
VII. The Biological Science of the Modern Period:
The Theory of Organic Evolution 155
VIII. Current Problems and Methods of Zoological
Science 187
The Present Importance of Science
IX. Philosophical and Psychological Aspects of
Science 223
X. The Nature and Meaning of Scientific Research 242
XL The Role of Science in the Solution of Social Problems. 263
XII. The Higher Values of Science 290
XIII. Mankind and the Further Progress of Science. 314
Index 321

 book details :
  • Author: Winterton Conway Curtis
  • Publication date 1922
  • Company: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company

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