Einstein, History, and Other Passions: The Rebellion Against Science at the End of the Twentieth Century

Gerald Holton (Author)
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" The] book makes a wonderfully cohesive whole. It is rich in ideas, elegantly expressed. I highly recommend it to any serious student of science and culture."--Lucy Horwitz, Boston Book Review

"An important and lasting contribution to a more profound understanding of the place of science in our culture."--Hans C. von Baeyer, Boston Sunday Globe

" Holton's] themes are central to an understanding of the nature of science, and Holton does an excellent job of identifying and explaining key features of the scientific enterprise, both in the historical sense and in modern science...I know of no better informed scientist who has studied the nature of science for half a century."--Ron Good, Science and Education

Through his rich exploration of Einstein's thought, Gerald Holton shows how the best science depends on great intuitive leaps of imagination, and how science is indeed the creative expression of the traditions of Western civilization.

Product Details

Price
$43.80
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Publish Date
September 15, 2000
Pages
256
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.54 X 8.92 inches | 0.74 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780674004337
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About the Author

Gerald Holton is Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics, and Research Professor of History of Science, Harvard University.

Reviews

[The] book makes a wonderfully cohesive whole. It is rich in ideas, elegantly expressed. I highly recommend it to any serious student of science and culture.--Lucy Horowitz "Boston Book Review "
I know of no better informed scientist who has studied the nature of science for half a century.--Ron Good "Science and Education "
Brilliantly informed, wonderfully written.--John Kenneth Galbraith
An important and lasting contribution to a more profound understanding of the place of science in our culture.--Hans C. von Baeyer "Boston Sunday Globe "
Using Albert Einstein as the embodiment of the creative force that connects science with society, Holton embraces the humanistic side of science and fights the contemporary backlash against it.--Science News
Holton has succeeded admirably.--New York Times Book Review
Holton effectively outlines the terms of a debate that will determine much of our short-range future.--Kirkus