Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Wondrous Truths – The Improbable Triumph of Modern Science - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Wondrous Truths: The Improbable Triumph of Modern Science

J.D. Trout


Explaining the world around us, and the life within, is one of the most uniquely human drives, and the most celebrated activities of science. Good explanations are accurate causal accounts of the things we wonder at. We explain our children’s recalcitrance, the secrets of happiness, or the best route to health. But explanation’s earthy origins haven’t grounded it; we have used it to account for the grandest of mysteries of the natural world. Why does lightning produce a thunderclap? Why do some cancers respond better to chemotherapy? These explanations give us a sense of understanding. But thi ... More

Keywords: progress, theory, explanation, wonder, sense of understanding, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199385072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J.D. Trout, author
Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Loyola University, Chicago