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The Knowledge Machine

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Nonfiction: Science
Unabridged   11.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/03/2020

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The Knowledge Machine

How Irrationality Created Modern Science

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696601993

Summary

A paradigm-shifting work that revolutionizes our understanding of the origins and structure of science.

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A paradigm-shifting work that revolutionizes our understanding of the origins and structure of science.

Captivatingly written, interwoven with historical vignettes ranging from Newton's alchemy to quantum mechanics to the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy, Michael Strevens's wholly original investigation of science asks two fundamental questions: Why is science so powerful? And why did it take so long, two thousand years after the invention of philosophy and mathematics, for the human race to start using science to learn the secrets of nature? The Knowledge Machine's radical answer is that science calls on its practitioners to do something irrational: by willfully ignoring religion, theoretical beauty, and, especially, philosophy—essentially stripping away all previous knowledge—scientists embrace an unnaturally narrow method of inquiry, channeling unprecedented energy into observation and experimentation.

Like Yuval Harari's Sapiens or Thomas Kuhn's 1962 classic, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, The Knowledge Machine overturns much of what we thought we knew about the origins of the modern world.

Reviews/Praise

“One of the better examinations of the origins of the scientific revolution.” - Kirkus Reviews

“[Strevens], an NYU philosophy professor, takes a scholarly look at how modern science arose with this erudite study. . . . For readers curious about why science works as well as it does, Strevens provides a convincing answer.” - Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Michael Strevens, who received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017, is a professor of philosophy at New York University. He was born in New Zealand and has been writing about the philosophy of science for twenty-five years. He lives in New York.