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Is Science Nearing its Limits?

Posted by cienciayficcion en 29/11/2010

  • Is Science nearing its limits? : conference convened by George Steiner . Manchester : Carcanet ; [Lisboa] : Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2008

Este libro en la bibliotecaIn October 2007 the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation invited fourteen of the world’s most innovative thinkers to debate the future of science and scientific practice in an international conference in Lisbon. The challenging papers published here are the result of their engagement with the ethics, potential and limitations of science. Their authors’ areas of expertise encompass life sciences and mathematics, particle physics and law, but all work at the cutting edge of their specialisms, and all share a concern to share scientific knowledge and explore the consequences of scientific development in their practical and moral dimensions.

Four central themes emerge: the extraordinary paradoxes of string theory, the potential for progress within the life sciences, incompleteness and inconsistency in scientific thinking, and how science changes human understanding of our place in the universe. Twenty-first-century science involves disturbing issues of choice and responsibility, as well as inspiring opportunities. Is Science Nearing its Limits? raises questions that concern us all. As Emílio Rui Vilar writes in his Foreword, ‘what prevails is the impulse that is inherent in the human condition, to know more and to want to understand things better’.

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