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Author Davies, E. B. (Edward Brian)

Title Why beliefs matter : reflections on the nature of science / E. Brian Davies

Publ Info Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
LOCATION CALL # STATUS NOTE
 RWU Main Library  BL240.3 .D38 2010    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  BL240.3 .D38 2010    AVAILABLE
 Wheaton Stacks  BL240.3 .D38 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript x, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents The scientific revolution. Early memories ; The scientific method ; The new astronomy ; The mechanical philosophy ; The impact of technology ; The laws of motion ; Universal gravitation ; Induction -- The human condition. The arrow of time ; Reductionism ; Determinism ; The mind-body problem ; The blank slate theory ; Plato, Popper, Penrose -- The nature of mathematics. An early influence ; Pluralism in mathematics ; Mathematical platonism ; What is mathematics? ; The infinite ; The mathematical brain ; The Mandelbrot set ; The mathematical consensus ; The argument from physics ; Mathematical truth ; Is our mathematics inevitable? ; The irrelevance of Platonism -- Sense and nonsense. Fundamental constants ; Panspermia ; The standard model ; A philosophical digression ; The multiverse ; In praise of observation ; Machine intelligence ; Simulated universes ; Discussion -- Science and religion. Varieties of belief ; The anthropic principle ; The existence of God ; God's nature and acts ; Life after death ; Keith Ward
LC subject Religion and science
Mathematics -- Philosophy
ISBN 9780199586202 (hbk.)
0199586209 (hbk.)