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The Ozone Layer

The Ozone Layer
A Philosophy of Science Perspective


  • Date Published: January 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521659086

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  • The Ozone Layer: A Philosophy of Science Perspective provides the first thorough and accessible history of stratospheric ozone, from the discovery of ozone in the nineteenth century to current investigations of the Antarctic ozone hole. Drawing directly on the extensive scientific literature, Christie uses the story of ozone as a case study for examining fundamental issues relating to the collection and evaluation of evidence, the conduct of scientific debate and the construction of scientific consensus. By linking key debates in the philosophy of science to an example of real-world science, the author not only provides an excellent introduction to the philosophy of science but also challenges many of its preconceptions. This accessible book will interest students and academics concerned with the history, philosophy and sociology of science, as well as having general appeal on this topic of contemporary relevance and concern.

    • Accessible history of stratospheric ozone, from the discovery of ozone in the nineteenth century through to the results of investigations of the Antarctic ozone hole
    • Directly relates some key issues in modern philosophy of science to an interesting modern example of scientific investigation
    • Written in non-technical language but based on the primary scientific literature
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    ' … an accessible and at times engaging history of a crucial scientific discovery.' Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521659086
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. History of the Understanding of Stratospheric Ozone:
    2. Stratospheric ozone before 1960
    3. Chlorinated fluorocarbons
    4. The supersonic transport (SST) debate
    5. Molina and Rowland: chlorine enters the story
    6. Too much of a good thing? Crucial data backlog in the Antarctic ozone hole discovery
    7. Antarctic ozone hole - theories and investigations
    8. Completing the picture: from AAOE to 1994
    Part II. Philosophical Issues Arising from the History:
    9. Prediction in science
    10. The crucial experiment
    11. Positive and negative evidence in theory selection
    12. Branches and sub-branches of science: problems at disciplinary boundaries
    13. Scientific evidence and powerful computers: new problems for philosophers of science?
    14. The scientific consensus.

  • Author

    Maureen Christie, University of Melbourne

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