IDEALIZATION AND THE AIMS OF SCIENCE
There’s a puzzle at the heart of science: most scientific findings rely on false assumptions about the world. In her book, Angela Potochnik considers how these falsehoods, called idealizations, complicate our understanding of science’s methods and aims. She paints a picture of science as helping human minds that crave simple answers navigate a world that’s exceedingly complex.
Angela Potochnik is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati and the Director of a new Center for Public Engagement with Science. Her research addresses the nature of science and its successes, the relationships between science and the public, and methods in population biology. She earned her PhD from Stanford University in 2007.
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