Our lives, states of health, relationships, behaviour, experiences of the natural world, and the technologies that shape our contemporary existence are subject to a superfluity of competing, multi-faceted and sometimes incompatible explanations. Widespread confusion about the nature of 'explanation' and its scope and limits pervades popular exposition of the natural sciences, popular history and philosophy of science. This fascinating and intriguing book explores the way explanations work, why they vary between disciplines, periods, and cultures, and whether they have any necessary boundaries. In other words, Explanations aims to achieve a better understanding of explanation, both within the sciences and the humanities. It features contributions from expert writers from a wide range of disciplines, including science, philosophy, mathematics, and social anthropology.
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Well, I bought this book because I'm mentioned in John Barrow's contribution, but I've found it very very interesting - like for instance the discussion of ``acids'' and ``bases'' from the old Arrhenius characterization down to the Lewis' 1915 definition and onwards.
And - I now thing I know a bit more about what explanations are, and what they are for...
Francisco Antonio Doria
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