Paradigms Lost: Images of Man in the Mirror of Science. John L. Casti, Author, J. L. Casti, Author William Morrow & Company $ (p) ISBN. Paradigms Lost has ratings and 11 reviews. In a masterful “trial by reason,” author John L. Casti presents all sides of the most important and vital scientific. John L. Casti (born ) is an author, mathematician, and entrepreneur. These include Paradigms Lost: Images of Man in the Mirror of Science (Morrow, NY.

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Paradkgms all comes down to why are we here and what is our place? Rachel Redhead rated it it was ok Mar 22, Aug 19, Fredd rated it it was ok Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It will save time if I start with the list of things I didn’t like about this book, as it turned out to be a short list. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. About the author John L.

His primary research interests have shifted somewhat in recent years from the natural sciences to the exploration of questions in the social and behavioral realm. To view it, click here. No eBook available Amazon.

The book asks, “What is science, ideally and in practice? He has written fourteen popular books lsot science. From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powerspublished by Copernicus Books, NY, addresses the directions and patterns of social causation and their implications for future trends and collective social events, such as styles in popular culture, the outcome of political processes, and even the rise and fall of civilizations.

This page was last edited on 12 Juneat Paradigms Lost explores the philosophy and practice of science through a series of ever-more-difficult sample cases taken from real, contemporary scientific disciplines. It’s from likeso it’s a bit dated, but still very relevant and will provide an excellent foundation.


Paradigms Lost: Tackling the Unanswered Mysteries of Modern Science by John L. Casti

Casti is not only bright and clearly interested in lots of things, but he has a clarity of thinking and writing that shows in this work. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He also served as a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, fromwhere he worked extensively on the application of biological metaphors to the mathematical lowt of problems in economics, finance and road-traffic networks, as well as on large-scale computer simulations for the study of such networks.

Lists with This Book. Books by John L. Content, language, and presentation were all extremely well-handled. Mathematical Models of Nature and Man Wiley, was awarded a prize by the Association of American Publishers in a competition among all scholarly books published in mathematics and the natural sciences. It’s brilliant, skeptical, balanced, and brilliantly researched.

The entire book is a joy to read. Meir Dick rated it it was amazing Apr 26, His premise of setting up each chapter topic as a court case with prosecution, defense, and Casti being judge at the end is “cute”, but less than thrilling.

This book is a fair review of what modern science has yet to explain, the schools of thought concerning those subjects, and the author’s take on it. Casti has also written three popular volumes on mathematics: Not taking instruction well and already being familiar with the broad sweep of the philosophy of science, I ignored Casti’s advice and read the entire book from beginning to end in one, long session.

Casti presents the whole thing as a series of court cases, with the “prosecution” presenting the case that science has seized some aspect of our place in the Universe and the “defence” claiming like a bunch of besuited reprobates that the mystery remains.

Jan 27, Susan marked it as to-read. Jimbob rated it really liked it Feb 03, Scientific Modeling and Prediction Computer Simulation Social “mood” effects on future trends and events. But by the last cases, you’re not so sure if there is any real difference between science and unsupported speculation.


Otherwise, the book is a tour de force. As a mathematician and researcher, Casti received his Ph. What I found was that he jumped from one element to another almost without discipline my opinion, possibly not shared by other readers.

Since earlyDr. Views Read Edit View history. There are chapters on abiogenesis, genetic determinism, language acquisition, artificial intelligence, the presence or otherwise of alien civilisation and observer-based reality. One thread has been exploration of the paradlgms between the social “mood” of a population its biasing effect on actions and jhn. In addition, he has published over 70 research papers.

Paradigms Lost: Images of Man in the Mirror of Science

Archived from the original on Jim Barton rated it it was amazing Sep 10, My backlog just got even bigger The book now exists in 15 foreign editions, as well, including German, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Korean and Portuguese.

One surprise for me was in the section on language acquisition, where I found for the first time just how influential Chomsky’s ideas have been. How one can assign two “sides” to the value of the fine-structure constant or the role of feedbacks in climate is beyond me, but the trend in debate is undeniable.

Casti presents all sides of the most important and vital scientific debates raging in the world today — scrutinizing six perplexing “great The origins of life It’s one of the best books on science that I have ever read. Since earlyDr.

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