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The Workshop and the World

What Ten Thinkers Can Teach Us About Science and Authority

by Robert P. Crease

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The Workshop and the World by Robert P. Crease
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    Mar 2019, 272 pages

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Philosopher and historian Robert P. Crease considers how the insight of great thinkers from the past can help us counteract ignorance in the modern world.

The longest glacier in France, the Mer de Glace, is losing roughly 12 feet of ice height each year. The measurable change to this glacier, and many others, is concrete evidence of global warming. Evidence, though, is not always convincing. Over a quarter of the members of the 116th U.S. Congress are climate change deniers, even as recent climate reports present an ominous global outlook. For many of us, this categorical denial of climate science is not only exasperating, it's chilling. We read the reports, we understand the enormous cost of inaction. Why don't they?

Robert P. Crease, philosophy professor and author, takes on this question by showing how great minds throughout history have shaped the public perception of science. In The Workshop and the World he profiles important thinkers such as Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, Mary Shelley and many others in their historical context,...

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