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- DescriptionDiscusses the basis for scientists' claims to knowledge about the world. This book looks at science historically, emphasizing the achievements of scientists from Galileo onwards, and also their mistakes. It also rejects the claim that all scientific knowledge is provisional, by citing examples from chemistry, biology and geology.
- Author BiographyE Brian Davies, Tutorial Fellow at St John's College, Oxford in 1970 and one of two editors for the Quarterly Journal of Mathematics, Oxford. Developed the theory of open quantum systems, writing a monograph on the subject, which became the standard text. Appointed to the Chair of Pure Mathematics at King's College, London in 1981 and researched heat kernels and spectral theory. Subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1995. His monograph on heat kernels, involving several hundred publications and having applications in many parts of mathematics, is the authoritative text on the subject. Founded the London Mathematical Society Student Text Series in the 1980s, and has recently senior editor for the LMS Monographs. Has previously been a member of the National Advisory Board of the Isaac Newton Institute and sat on the Research Assessment Exercise Panel for Pure Mathematics in 2001. Published over 180 papers.
- Author(s)E. Brian Davies
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication07/08/2003
- GenrePopular Science
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note29 b/w line figs; 8 b/w halftone figs
- Weight684 g
- Width161 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine21 mm
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