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Can science fully comprehend the whole of the
material universe? Not according to Joe Rosen.
There is no question that advancements in science -- especially in physics
-- have radically changed our concept of nature, revolutionizing our view
of the universe, even of reality itself. Rosen argues, though, that the
material universe in its entirety lies beyond science. Anyone who claims
otherwise, who proposes a scientific Theory of Everything to explain all
aspects and phenomena of nature, only misleads and misinforms.
Taking science -- and the scientific method -- down a peg, Rosen asserts
that any understanding of the whole universe, if it is to be found at all,
can come only from outside science, from nonscientific modes of
comprehension and insight. He believes that popularizers of science --
think Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins -- are mistaken when they
declare that science is on the verge of unlocking all the secrets of the
universe. Perhaps without realizing it, they have crossed into the realm
of metaphysics in an attempt to explain the unexplainable.
In Lawless Universe Rosen explores just how far science can go in
comprehending nature. He considers the separate -- but entangled --
domains of science and metaphysics and examines the all-too-often ignored
boundary between the objective and the subjective.
Thought-provoking and controversial, Lawless Universe is a
complement to, even an antidote for, books that create the misimpression
that science can explain everything.
(Extracted from the press release).
GENERAL TABLE OF CONTENTS
-1. Objective or Subjective: That Is the Question.
-2. The Science of Nature and the Nature of Science.
- -3. Theory: Explanation, Not Speculation.
- -4. Is Science the Whole Story?
- -5. Our Unique Universe.
- -6. Nature's Laws.
- -7. Facing the Universe.
- -8. The Hunt for Reality.
- -Combined Bibliography.