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  1. A Students Guide to Natural Science (Guides To Major Disciplines)
    A Students Guide to Natural Science (Guides To Major Disciplines)
    A Students Guide to Natural Science (Guides To Major Disciplines)
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  2. A Students Guide to Natural Science (Guides To Major Disciplines)

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Physicist Stephen M. Barr’s lucid Student’s Guide to Natural Science aims to give students an understanding, in broad outline, of the nature, history, and great ideas of natural science from ancient times to the present, with a primary focus on physics. Barr begins with the contributions of the ancient Greeks, in particular the two great ideas that reality can be understood by the systematic use of reason and that phenomena have natural explanations. He goes on to discuss, among other things, the medieval roots of the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, the role played by religion in fostering the idea of a lawful natural order, and the major breakthroughs of modern physics, including how many newer “revolutionary” theories are in fact related to much older ones. Throughout this thoughtful guide, Barr draws his readers’ attention to the larger themes and trends of scientific history, including the increasing unification  and “mathematization” of our view of the physical world that has resulted in the laws of nature appearing more and more as forming a single harmonious mathematical edifice.

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Stephen M. Barr
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This is one of a series of small books aimed, I think, at high school seniors thinking of attending college but without sufficient education to have a clue about what to expect in college level courses. Readers of these small books will end up with an expectation which they can then compare to curriculum offerings. Many colleges and universities offer courses which are worse than useless and the avoiding of these will save money and minds. Barr is a scientist who can write for a general audience and is part of the new group of non determinists formed since the discovery of Da Vinci's writings-the ones which poked an unhealed hole into so-called Enlightenment history of science.
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