The End Of Science: Facing The Limits Of Knowledge In The Twilight Of The Scientific Age

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In The End of Science, John Horgan makes the case that the era of truly profound scientific revelations about the universe and our place in it is over. Interviewing scientific luminaries such as Stephen Hawking, Francis Crick, and Richard Dawkins, he demonstrates that all the big questions that can be answered have been answered, as science bumps up against fundamental limits. The world cannot give us a theory of everything,” and modern endeavors such as string theory are ironic” and theological” in nature, not scientific, because they are impossible to confirm. Horgan's argument was controversial in 1996, and it remains so today, still firing up debates in labs and on the internet, not least because as Horgan details in a lengthy new introduction ironic science is more prevalent than ever. Still, while Horgan offers his critique, grounded in the thinking of the world's leading researchers, he offers homage, too. If science is ending, he maintains, it is only because it has done its work so well.

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In a series of interviews with luminaries of modern science, Scientific American senior editor John Horgan conducted a guided tour of the scientific world and where it might be headed in The End of Science. The book, which generated great controversy and became a bestseller, now appears in paperback with a new afterword by the author. Through a series of essays in which he visits with such figures as Roger Penrose, Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen Hawking, Freeman Dyson, and others, Horgan captures the distinct personalities of his subjects while investigating whether science may indeed be reaching its end. While this book is in no way dumbed down, it is accessible and can take the general reader to the outer edges of scientific exploration.

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"John Horgan buttonholes the most interesting scientists on the planet--helistens, he argues, he thinks. He has an exceedingly accurate instinct for theside of science that isn't published in journals or taught in schools, and it'sa privilege to be able to follow along as he peers behind the curtain."
--James Gleick, author of Chaos

"[In this] intellectually bracing, sweepingly reported, often brilliant andsometimes bullying book, John Horgan makes the powerful case that the best andmost exciting scientific discoveries are behind us."
--New York Times Book Review, front page review

"...an unauthorized biography of science."
--The Associated Press

"Hugely entertaining, certain to create
controversy."
--E.O. Wilson

Copyright © 1996 by John Horgan.

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