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Science and Human Experience
Values, Culture, and the Mind

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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107043176

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  • Does science have limits? Where does order come from? Can we understand consciousness? Written by Nobel Laureate Leon N. Cooper, this book places pressing scientific questions in the broader context of how they relate to human experience. Widely considered to be a highly original thinker, Cooper has written and given talks on a large variety of subjects, ranging from the relationship between art and science, possible limits of science, to the relevance of the Turing test. These essays and talks have been brought together for the first time in this fascinating book, giving readers an opportunity to experience Cooper's unique perspective on a range of subjects. Tackling a diverse spectrum of topics, from the conflict of faith and science to whether understanding neural networks could lead to machines that think like humans, this book will captivate anyone interested in the interaction of science with society.

    • A unique collection of essays and talks from Nobel Laureate Leon N. Cooper, one of the world's most eminent living physicists
    • Presents Cooper's original views on many subjects, from the relationship between science and society, to consciousness and the nature and limits of science
    • A fascinating read for anyone interested in science and its interaction with the human experience
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    "As a scientist and a humanist, Cooper is well-versed in philosophy, literature, art, and the practicalities of making science serve humanity, as opposed to being in thrall to special interests. His intellectual open-mindedness and compelling prose style make Science and Human Experience a thought-provoking pleasure to read."
    Peter Byrne, author of The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family

    "This is a fascinating melange of essays on topics ranging from the question of fraud in science to Euclidean geometry and the ‘neural-network’ approach to brain research. Cooper's characteristic combination of lucidity and common sense had me nodding in enthusiastic agreement on just about every page."
    Anthony Leggett, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    "From black body radiation to brain circuitry; from Copenhagen to consciousness - this well-curated set of essays crackles with bracing insights about science, and about the world that science strives to fathom. An almost hushed voice (often with a slightly jocular tinge), marshaling volumes of data into an abruptly well-ordered, breathtakingly lucid condensate: that's Leon Cooper in a nutshell."
    Richard Granger, Dartmouth College

    "Science and Human Experience is a collection of essays drawn from work published over a 40-year span by that remarkable theorist-scientist Leon Cooper. And these really are essays - reasonably short, often argumentative, filled with startling insights, and written from a personal perspective about issues of great interest. Cooper's writing style is charming, witty, and accessible; the essays … [are] fun to read."
    Gary S. Lynch, Cerebrum

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107043176
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 147 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Science and Society:
    1. Science and human experience
    2. Does science undermine our values?
    3. Can science serve mankind?
    4. Modern science and contemporary discomfort: metaphor and reality
    5. Faith and science
    6. Art and science
    7. Fraud in science
    8. Why study science? The keys to the cathedral
    9. Is evolution a theory? A modest proposal
    10. The silence of the second
    11. Introduction to Copenhagen
    12. The unpaid debt
    Part II. Thought and Consciousness:
    13. Source and limits of human intellect
    14. Neural networks
    15. Thought and mental experience: the Turing test
    16. Mind as machine: will we rubbish human experience?
    17. Memory and memories: a physicist's approach to the brain
    18. On the problem of consciousness
    Part III. On the Nature and Limits of Science:
    19. What is a good theory?
    20. Shall we deconstruct science?
    21. Visible and invisible in physical theory
    22. Experience and order
    23. The language of physics
    24. The structure of space
    25. Superconductivity and other insoluble problems
    26. From gravity to light and consciousness: does science have limits?

  • Author

    Leon N. Cooper, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Leon N. Cooper is the Thomas J. Watson Senior Professor of Science at Brown University and Director of the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems. He has received numerous awards and prizes for his scientific achievements, most notably the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics (with J. Bardeen and J. R. Schrieffer) for his studies on the theory of superconductivity.

Interview with Leon Cooper

Leon Cooper, author of Science and Human Experience, on consciousness

Leon Cooper, author of Science and Human Experience, on scientific equations

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