Understanding Inconsistent Science

2014.05.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Vickers, Understanding Inconsistent Science, Oxford University Press, 2013, 273pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.05.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Vickers, Understanding Inconsistent Science, Oxford University Press, 2013, 273pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199692026. Reviewed by Sorin Bangu, University of Bergen Peter Vickers' monograph stands out as a very serious piece of scholarship in historically- and scientifically-informed philosophy of science. It is to be strongly recommended to both philosophers (of science) and reflectively inclined scientists, especially physicists and mathematicians. (Although the title mentions 'science' as a whole, there is virtually nothing in it about biology or the social sciences.) The work has five virtues and one shortcoming. I will begin by presenting the virtues, and shall close with a couple of comments on the aspect of the book I find slightly disappointing. One impressive feature of the monograph is its comprehensiveness. The contents leave no stone unturned. The author examines the four. . .

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