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By Eric Scerri

ISBN-10: 0190232994

ISBN-13: 9780190232993

In his most recent ebook, Eric Scerri offers a totally unique account of the character of clinical development. It comprises a holistic and unified method during which technological know-how is visible as a dwelling and evolving unmarried organism. rather than medical revolutions that includes awfully proficient participants, Scerri argues that the "little humans" give a contribution up to the "heroes" of technological know-how. to do that he examines seven case reports of almost unknown chemists and physicists within the early twentieth century quest to find the constitution of the atom. They contain the novice scientist Anton van den Broek who pioneered the idea of atomic quantity in addition to Edmund Stoner a then physics graduate pupil who supplied the seed for Pauli's Exclusion precept. one other case is the physicist John Nicholson who's almost unknown and but used to be the 1st to suggest the inspiration of quantization of angular momentum that was once quickly placed to sturdy use by way of Niels Bohr.

Instead of targeting the good judgment and rationality of technological know-how, Scerri elevates the position of trial and blunder and a number of discovery and strikes past the thought of medical advancements being wrong or right. whereas criticizing Thomas Kuhn's idea of clinical revolutions he has the same opinion with Kuhn that technology isn't drawn in the direction of an exterior fact yet is quite pushed from inside of. The booklet will brighten up the long-standing debate at the nature of technological know-how, which has more and more shied clear of the massive query of "what is science?"

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