Biology, History, and Natural Philosophy
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In a world that peers over the brink of disaster more often than not it is difficult to find specific assignments for the scholarly community. One speaks of peace and brotherhood only to realize that for many the only real hope of making a contribution may seem to be in a field of scientific specialization seemingly irrelevant to social causes and problems. Yet the history of man since the beginnings of science in the days of the Greeks does not support this gloomy thesis. Time and again we have seen science precipitate social trends or changes in the humanistic beliefs that have a significant…mehr

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In a world that peers over the brink of disaster more often than not it is difficult to find specific assignments for the scholarly community. One speaks of peace and brotherhood only to realize that for many the only real hope of making a contribution may seem to be in a field of scientific specialization seemingly irrelevant to social causes and problems. Yet the history of man since the beginnings of science in the days of the Greeks does not support this gloomy thesis. Time and again we have seen science precipitate social trends or changes in the humanistic beliefs that have a significant effect on the scientific community. Not infrequently the theoretical scientist, triggered by society's changing goals and understandings, finds ultimate satisfaction in the work of his colleagues in engineering and the other applied fields. Thus the major debate in mid-nineteenth century in which the evidence of natural history and geology at variance with the Biblical feats provided not only courage to a timid Darwin but the kind of audience that was needed to fit his theories into the broad public dialogue on these topics. The impact of "Darwinism" was felt far beyond the scientific community. It affected social thought, upset religious certainties and greatly affected the teaching of science.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Springer, Berlin; Springer Us
  • 1972
  • Seitenzahl: 372
  • Erscheinungstermin: 4. März 2012
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 229mm x 152mm x 20mm
  • Gewicht: 538g
  • ISBN-13: 9781468416978
  • ISBN-10: 1468416979
  • Artikelnr.: 39511265
Inhaltsangabe
I. The Autonomy of Biology as a Natural Science.- II. The Model of Open Systems: Beyond Molecular Biology.- III. Electronic Mobility in Biological Processes.- IV. The Evolution and Organization of Sentient Biological Behavior Systems.- V. The Evolutionary Significance of Biological Templates.- VI. Evolutionary Modulation of Ribosomal RNA Synthesis in Oogenesis and Early Embryonic Development.- VII. Respiration as Interface Between Self and Non-Self: Historico-Biological Perspectives.- VIII. Measurement Theory and Biology.- IX. The Transition from Theoretical Physics into Theoretical Biology.- X. Scientific Enterprises from a Biological Point of View.- XI. Historical Observations Concerning the Relationship Between Biology and Mathematics.- XII. A Survey of the Mechanical Interpretations of Life from Greek Atomists to the Followers of Descartes.- XIII. The Place of Normative Ethics Within a Biological Framework.- XIV. The Evolutionary Thought of Teilhard De Chardin.- XV. The Use of Biological Concepts in in the Writing of History.- XVI. What is a Historical System?.- XVII. On a Difference Between the Natural Sciences and History.- XVIII. Historical Taxonomy.- XIX. Theories of the Universe in the Late Eighteenth Century.- XX. Must a Machine be an Automaton?.- XXI. Epistemology, the Mind and the Computer.- XXII. Marginal Notes on Schrödinger.