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The Conscious Universe : Parts and Wholes in Physical Reality
Complexity : Life at the Edge of Chaos Complexity : Life at the Edge of Chaos by Roger Lewin

"Put together one of the world's best science writers with one of the universe's most fascinating subjects and you are bound to produce a wonderful book. . . . The subject of complexity is vital and controversial. This book is important and beautifully done."--Stephen Jay Gould

"[Complexity] is that curious mix of complication and organization that we find throughout the natural and human worlds: the workings of a cell, the structure of the brain, the behavior of the stock market, the shifts of political power. . . . [I]t is time science . . . think about meaning as well as counting information. . . . This is the core of the complexity manifesto. Read it, think about it . . . but don't ignore it."--Ian Stewart, Nature

Complexity theory holds that at the root of all complex systems lie a few simple rules that will yield a grand unification of the life sciences. Lewin personalizes a dramatic story of scientific discovery that includes explorations by such diverse scientists as Stephen Jay Gould, Edward O. Wilson, and James Lovelock.

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Ethics in Science

Brian Tissue maintains this hypermedia page in the Department of Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Site Includes:

Science Ethics Bibliography
Online Science Ethics
Ethics in the Physical Sciences- Course Outline and Reference Books

 

Hopos:   The History of Philosophy of Science Working Group

Hopos is an informal, international working group of scholars who share an interest in promoting serious, scholarly research on the history of the philosophy of science and related topics in the history of the natural and social sciences, logic, philosophy, and mathematics. We interpret this statement of shared interest broadly, meaning to include all historical periods and diverse methodologies. We aim to promote historical work in a variety of ways, including the sponsorship of meetings and conference sessions, the publication of special issues of journals, the dissemination of information about libraries, archives and collections, and, as more ambitious projects become feasible, the preparation of bibliographies and finding guides. 

Site Includes:

Electronic Mailing List
Internet Links
Mugshots of philosophers
Newsletter

 

Jules Henri Poincaré 

From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Site Includes:

His Life
Chaos and the solar system
Arithmetic, intuition and logic
Conventionalism and the philosophy of geometry
Science and hypothesis
Bibliography

 

Malcolm R. Forster 

Maintained by Malcolm R. Forster.  Articles online written or co-authored by Malcolm R. Forster, Professor of Philosophy  University of Wisconsin-Madison. Subjects include philosophy of science, simplicity and parsimony, foundations of statistics, causal modeling, and the foundations of physics.

Forster also maintains Philosophy of Science, Wisconsin Style,  with information about graduate studies in the philosophy of science at  the University of Wisconsin-Madison, plus general links to science and philosophy of science resources. 

 

Modal Operator Theory:  A Program in Philosophy 

Vincent F. Hendricks

Meant to entice students and fellow researchers, this well organized and aesthetically austere website is an introduction to modal operator theory.  Based upon the work of Vincent Hendricks and Stig Andur Pedersen, this site introduces the applications of modal logic and formal learning theory to epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science.

Books by Hendricks and Pedersen:

Proof Theory : History and Philosophical Significance (Synthese Library, V. 292) by Vincent F. Hendricks (Editor), Stig Andur Pedersen (Editor), kla Jrgensen

Coming Soon from Vincent F. Hendricks:

The Convergence of Scientific Knowledge - A View from the Limit, (Trends in Logic, Studia Logica Library), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001

Operators in Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh Press

 

Neurophilosophy Bibliography 

Compiled by Pete Mandik.

 

Paradoxes of Physics and their Solutions

By Wladimir Guglinski

This book by Guglinski is of interest to philosophers and all those interested in the history of the development of science.  The author analyzes the evolution of the scientific method from Newton to the present age, claiming that Werner Heisenberg introduced a new scientific method which represents a degeneration of the science's  research in the field of Fundamental Physics.

  

Paul Feyerabend (1924-1994) 

From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Excerpt:

Paul Feyerabend (b.1924, d.1994), having studied science at the University of Vienna, moved into philosophy for his doctoral thesis, made a name for himself both as an expositor and (later) as a critic of Karl Popper's `critical rationalism', and went on to become one of this century's most famous philosophers of science. An imaginative maverick, he became a critic of philosophy of science itself, particularly of `rationalist' attempts to lay down or discover rules of scientific method.

A Brief Chronology of Feyerabend's Life and Work
Feyerabend's Life and Work- A Critical Appraisal
A Short Bibliography of Feyerabend's Major Writings
A Bibliography of Writings on Feyerabend
Other Internet Resources
The Feyerabend Discussion List Archive
Pictures of Paul Feyerabend
The University of Chicago Press, for information on Feyerabend's Autobiography
Related Entries

 

The Philosophy of Steve McKinlay

A variety of papers covering topics from Scientific Explanation, Popper and Hacking, Mental States, Fodorian Language of Thought and Quine/Putnam on Meaning as well as a proposed etiology of Autism and Asperger Syndrome based on the modularity of mind thesis.

 

Proceedings of the Friesian School:  Philosophy of Science

The essays at this site range from the fully annotated and technical to more informal and discursive discussions, often written for undergraduate classes. Many items therefore should be intelligible to those not familiar with all the arcana of academic philosophy. Such a range of submissions is acceptable and desired, since the trend, by which academic philosophy has obscured and esotericized itself, and mostly dropped out of popular and literate culture, should be resisted.

Site Includes:

Essays

The "Sin" of Galileo [12.1K]
Creationism & Darwinism, Politics & Economics [26.3K]
The Ontology and Cosmology of Non-Euclidean Geometry [37.5K]
§1. Introduction
§2. Curved Space and Non-Euclidean Geometry
§3. Geometry in Einstein's Theory of Relativity
§4. Conclusion
The Clarke-Leibniz Debate (1715-1716)
Three Points in Kant's Theory of Space and Time
Kant's Frist Antinomy, of Space and Time
Relativity and the Separation Formula [28.4K] 
Historic Equations in Physics and Astronomy 
Einstein's Equivalence Principle
The Quantacized Atom [49.0K] 
Units of Measurement 
The Electromagnetic Spectrum  
Physical Constants 
Duodecimal Counting 
Note on the Metaphysic of Space [10.6K]
Time Travel Paradoxes [7.0K]
The Century and the Millennium; Cardinalists vs. Ordinalists [8.0K]
Kantian Quantum Mechanics
Philosophical Problems with Calculus [14.4K]
Groundhog Day and Chinese Astronomy [14.2K]

Book Reviews

The Emperor's New Mind, Roger Penrose, Oxford University Press, 1990 [14.6K]
Criticism of Karl Popper in Anthony O'Hear's An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, Oxford University Press, 1989 [7.9K]
The Great Devonian Controversy: The Shaping of Scientific Knowledge among Gentlemanly Specialists, Martin J. S. Rudwick, University of Chicago Press, 1985 [13.4K]

Reference

Pythagorean Triplets [3.9K] 
Genetic Distance and Language Affinities Between Autochthonous Human Populations [5.2K] 
The Beaufort Wind Force Scale, The Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale, & the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity [24.1K]  
Clouds 
Note on Dew Point 
Periodic Table of the Elements [65.6K]  
The Sub-Atomic Zoo [18.1K] 
Euclid's Axioms and Postulates [22.7K]
Hilbert's Axioms of Geometry
Platonic and Archimedean Polyhedra [7.8K]  
Comparison of Cosmological Distances with Historical, Paleontological, and Geological Time, as of 1993 [27.6K] [with frames]
Comparison of Cosmological Distances with Historical, Paleontological, and Geological Time, as of 1993 [27.6K] [without frames]
If a Millimeter Were a Year/Light-Year [43.4K] [with frames]
If a Millimeter Were a Year/Light-Year [43.4K] [without frames]
The 212 Galaxies of the Coma-Sculptor Cloud [244.2K]
The Solar Terms and the Chinese 60 Year Calendar Cycle [11.2K]
"Knowing" Words in Indo-European Languages [0.9K]
Languages with more than 30,000,000 Speakers as of 1993 [36.1K]
How to Pronounce "Hawaii" [5.1K]

 

Quantum Unitary Field Dynamics (QUFD)

By Father Jerome, OA/OWB, D.Th.(In Esse - the Theology of Reality), D.Sc.(Quantum Physics)

A text-only (NO graphics) science education website for 5 yr. old "scientists", it explains in detail what the human MIND is and how consciousness works, using established Quantum Mechanical, Psychological, Spiritual and other scientific principles, in a Philosophical discourse which promulgates both a new Unified Field Theory of Quantum Mechanics and a new Psychology-of-Consciousness theory. NOTE: Although Quantum Physics is used to explain the workings of consciousness, the Christian SPIRITUAL Theology of Reality is also used to explain  the realities of consciousness. In this case, Spirituality is to be distinguished from "Religion", in that this website has NO religious affiliation NOR does it promote ANY religious viewpoint. 

 

Radiology: the eyes that look into our inner body

Original Contribution Award Recipient

Created and Maintained by Team 27314, represented by Niccolò Dalla Palma.

This interesting and innovative site (a semifinalist for the international ThinkQuest competition), helps those who want to know more about this difficult but interesting subject: radiology. You can test your knowledge with the tests and quizzes.

Available in Italian, French, English or German.

Site Includes:

Radiology
Tests and Quizzes

 

Sciencebase.com

Reactive science communication from award-winning British science writer David Bradley, features news and views and features including links to external work including his weekly Catalyst column on ChemWeb.

  

Science, Technology and Society 

Prepared by: Catherine McCabe, Melanie O'Neil and Karen Rowswell School of Library and Information Studies University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Site Includes:

History of Science
Philosophy of Science
Computers in Society
University Courses and Programs in STS
Associations and Organizations
Food for STS Thought
Newsgroups and Listservs
Biographies
Events, Conferences, Exhibits

 

Science, Technology, and Society

This is a page of extensive links to STS Related Websites from NC State University.

Site includes:

Activism:

Alliance for Public Technology
Center for Alternative Technology
Center for Neighborhood Technology Home Page
International Pugwash Home Page
Loka Institute Home Page
Washington Biotechnology Action Council (WashBAC)

Computers and Information Technologies:

ACTS Home Page
Benton Foundation: The Communication Policy Project
Center for Information Technology, Stanford University
Equal Access to Software and Information Home Page
Information Infrastructure Task Force
Information Worker 2005 Home Page
Infrastructure Technology Institute

Environment and Ecology:

Center for Environmental Policy & Administration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
EnviroWeb
Global Network for Environmental Technology
Institute for Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Ethics in Science:

Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Science
Ethics in Science
IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
Medical Ethics
Monitors: A Journal of Human Rights and Technology
Web Clearinghouse for Engineering & Computing Ethics - NC State University

Genetics:

Biotechnology Information Center
CancerNet
National Center for Genome sources

Women and Minorities in Science:

Ada Project: A Collection of Resources for Women in Computing
International Gender, Science and Technology Policy
Women and Minorities in Science & Engineering
Women and STS

 

STARLAB. Planetarios Móviles. Representación Latinoamericana

Alejandro Vega, Representante de STARLAB para Latino America

A portable planetarium is a powerful tool for astronomy education. It consists of a inflatable, fabric dome, a projector, and projection cylinders and curriculum materials. Inside the dome, the planetarium projector can project a star field of 3,000 stars, the Sun, the moon, moon phases, planets, deep sky objects, as well as the constellations as seen by many cultures including Greek, Chinese, African, Egyptian, and more.

The interactive presentations are so realistic, they simulate the true sky in ideal conditions from any point on Earth. In addition, the planetarium is so versatile, it can also be used to teach subjects across the disciplines including biology (with the Biological Cell cylinder), geology (with the Ocean Currents, Weather, Earth or Plate Tectonics Cylinders) as well as mythology, literature and art.

Website in Spanish.

 

The Tradition of Jesuit Science

From the Mathematics Department at Fairfield University

Excerpt:

...Today there is a great deal of interest among scholars in the contributions of Jesuits to science and here we celebrate some of these Jesuit mathematicians and scientists who embody the Jesuit tradition of scholarship, dedication and service...

Site Includes this history of Jesuit Scientists:

José de Acosta, S.J. - 1600: Pioneer of the Geophysical Sciences
François De Aguilon, S.J. - 1617: and his Six books on Optics
Roger Joseph Boscovich, S.J. - 1787: and his atomic theory
Christopher Clavius, S.J. - 1612: and his Gregorian Calendar
Honoré Fabri, S.J. - 1688: and his post-calculus geometry
Francesco M. Grimaldi, S.J. - 1663: and his diffraction of light
Paul Guldin, S.J. - 1643: applications of Guldin's Rule
Maximilian Hell, S.J. - 1792: and his Mesmerizing encounters
Athanasius Kircher, S.J. - 1680: The Master of a Hundred Arts
Francesco Lana-Terzi, S.J. - 1687: The Father of Aeronautics
Francis Line, S.J. - 1654: the hunted and elusive clock maker
Juan Molina, S.J. - 1829: The First Scientist of Chile
Jerôme Nadal, S.J. -1580: perspective art and composition of place
Ignace Pardies, S.J. - 1673: and his influence on Newton
Andrea Pozzo, S.J. - 1709: and his perspective geometry
Vincent Riccati, S.J. - 1775: and his hyperbolic functions
Matteo Ricci, S.J. - 1610: who brought scientific innovations to China
John Baptist Riccioli, S.J. - 167I: and his long-lived selenograph
Girolamo Saccheri, S.J. - 1733: and his solution to Euclid's blemish
Theorems of Saccheri, S.J. - 1733: and his non Euclidean Geometry
Johann Adam Schall von Bell, S.J. - 1669: Astronomy and the calendar
Christopher Scheiner, S.J. - 1650: sunspots and his equatorial mount
Gaspar Schott, S.J. - 1666: and the experiment at Magdeburg
Angelo Secchi, S.J. - 1878: the Father of Astrophysics
Joseph Stepling, S.J. - 1650: symbolic logic and his research academy
André Tacquet, S.J. - 1660: and his treatment of infinitesimals
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S. J. - 1955: and The Phenomenon of man
Ferdinand Verbiest, S.J. - 1688: an influential Jesuit scientist in China
Juan Bautista Villalpando, S.J. - 1608: and his version of Solomon's Temple
Gregory Saint Vincent, S.J. - 1667: and his polar coordinates
Nicolas Zucchi, S.J. - 1670: the renowned telescope maker

 

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