Under-Appreciated Gems of Scientific Epistemology

Scott Seidman namdiesttocs at mindspring.com
Wed Jul 21 07:44:49 EST 2004


jlanfield2003 at yahoo.com (Jeff Lanfield) wrote in 
news:235c483f.0407201549.681ffa4 at posting.google.com:

> I am writing a paper on how new ideas gain acceptance in science. I
> would like to get opinions on what were the most profound books and
> thinkers on scientific epistemology you have encountered. 
> 
> By  this I mean a work that totally changed the way you look at the
> world and at science. Below is my list. I would be grateful for your
> additions. I
> am really looking for works that are novel and different, orthogonal
> to the ones I listed. For example, I included Bertalanffy's General
> System Theory so I do not want the many, many other books on General
> System Theory.
> 
> I'm specifically looking for the thinkers and books that are not only
> highly original but also under-appreciated and not as widely known as
> they deserve to be. For instance, Aristotle, Plato, and Darwin will
> not make this list as their work is well known and universally
> recognized.
> 
> 
> My list (no particular order): 
> 
> Rene Thom: Structural Stability and Morphogenesis
> Ludwig von Bertalanffy: General System Theory 
> David Bohm: Wholeness and Implicate order
> 
> 
> Thanks for your help,
> 
> - Jeff

Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions  (a MUST given your topic!!)
Koestler, The Watershed
de La Mettrie, Man a Machine


Scott



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