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The Limits of Science

The Limits of Science Science writes Sir Peter Medawar is incomparably the most successful enterprise human beings have ever engaged upon In this brief brilliant book the Nobel laureate explores the nature and limitatio

  • Title: The Limits of Science
  • Author: Peter Medawar
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • Science, writes Sir Peter Medawar, is incomparably the most successful enterprise human beings have ever engaged upon In this brief, brilliant book the Nobel laureate explores the nature and limitations of scientific pursuit The three essays included touch on some of the largest questions known to man Can science determine the existence of God Is there one scienti Science, writes Sir Peter Medawar, is incomparably the most successful enterprise human beings have ever engaged upon In this brief, brilliant book the Nobel laureate explores the nature and limitations of scientific pursuit The three essays included touch on some of the largest questions known to man Can science determine the existence of God Is there one scientific method by which all the secrets of the universe can be discovered In An Essay on Scians an early spelling of science , Medawar examines the process of scientific inquiry Debunking the common belief that science is inductively structured, he claims that great leaps of imagination are required to determine the laws of nature and likens the process of scientific hypothesis to the creative acts of poets and artists The question posed in Can Scientific Discovery Be Premeditated is answered with a firm no Sir Peter stresses the role of luck in the history of science and cites as examples of un premeditated discoveries those of X rays, HLA polymorphism, and the nature of the disease myasthenia gravis In the title essay, Medawar distinguishes between transcendent questions, which are better left to religion, literature, and metaphysics, and questions about the organization and structure of the material universe With regard to the latter, he concludes, there are no limits to the possibilities of scientific achievement This is science s greatest glory, writes Medawar, for it entails that everything which is possible in principle can be done if the intention to do it is sufficiently resolute and long sustained.

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    1. The brevity and succinctness of this book is its triumph. An excruciatingly simple but important conclusion: there can be no answer to beginnings as such a concept requires acknowledgement of what must precede being; it is impossible to prove nothingness, for we have no concept of nothingness.

    2. 3 razones para leer este libro: es breve, es prosa de lectura sumamente amena (puro ensayo inglés, pues), y sobre todo es útil para aliviar los efectos de algunos vicios intelectuales: el superficial positivismo, la pereza intelectual y las estériles disputas, siempre tan nuevas y siempre tan añejas, de creyentes contra ateos. El planteamiento de Medawar es simple: no se puede pedir a la ciencia que responda las últimas preguntas de la misma manera que no se puede hacer volar una locomotora [...]

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