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Science in the Looking Glass: What Do Scientists Really Know?

E. Brian Davies


How do scientific conjectures become laws? Why does proof mean different things in different sciences? Do numbers exist, or were they invented? Why do some laws turn out to be wrong? This book discusses the basis for scientists' claims to knowledge about the world. It looks at science historically, emphasizing not only the achievements of scientists from Galileo onwards, but also their mistakes. The book rejects the claim that all scientific knowledge is provisional, by citing examples from chemistry, biology, and geology. A major feature of the book is its defence of the view that mathematics ... More

Keywords: scientific conjectures, scientific laws, numbers, history of science, scientific knowledge, history of mathematics, opinion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199219186
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. Brian Davies, author
Department of Mathematics, King's College, London