The dappled world. A study of the boundaries of science. (English) Zbl 1003.00005

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. x, 247 p. (1999).
This is an interesting monograph on basic parts of the modern philosophy of science and phylosophy of technology with roots deep in British Scholasticism and British Empiricism. She defends three main theses: (1) the empirical successes of our best physical theories argue for the truth of these theories, but not their universality; (2) physical laws hold only “ceteris paribus”; and (3) our scientific knowledge is not knowledge of physical laws, but knowledge of the way things are. Further, she undertakes to show that assuming a unique system of the World is a great lie with many adverse consequences for the integrity of science. The reviewer would phrase this situation differently: Physics has yet to produce a Gödel – perhaps, then the essential incompleteness of Physics will be demonstrated; but we have no idea of the nature of “good experiments” concerning the incompleteness of Physics. This reviewer looks forward to a full-blown philosophy of economics from the author, since parts of the present book can be thought of as its beginning!


00A79 Physics
00-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to mathematics in general