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2019.06.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rani Lill Anjum and Stephen Mumford, Causation in Science and the Methods of Scientific Discovery, Oxford University Press, 2018, 278pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198733669. Reviewed by Clark Glymour, Carnegie Mellon University In both the big and the small, science has changed in the last decades. We have huge sky surveys capable of following regions of stars over time. We can measure the joint time course of changes in physiology of tens of thousands of small regions of the brain. We have daily data on the surface and atmosphere of the entire Earth at 1 km2 resolution. We can measure the genetic and sub-genetic variations in entire populations and try to discover their phenotypic effects. We can measure protein concentrations in a single cell, and experiment on them in a limited way. We can trace axons from terminus to cell body. And on, and on. "Dark matter"... Read More

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