THE EXCITEMENT OF SCIENCE by John Rader Platt

THE EXCITEMENT OF SCIENCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This optimistic set of chapters by a University of Chicago physicist touches on many aspects of science and the scientist in an original and thought-provoking way. He makes clear the essential nature and ways of basic science and argues that the true and deepest function of science is not only to serve the purposes of man, but also to interact with them and change them. Besides the qualities of excitement, sweep, and incompletion, which he considers important to an understanding of science, he talks of style in science, of competition in creation, of motivating creation; about novelty, about intelligence and the art of creative thinking; and finally of scientific knowledge and social values. The author's pleasant style and untechnical flow of thought make this scientist's insights into his own profession a refreshing general introduction to science for the layman and young adult.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin