The cover image may be different.

Uncertainty: How It Makes Science Advance

Hardcover - 01 December 2019
Rp 478,000
No Hidden Cost
PEC Price -10%    :  Rp 430,200
You Save   :  Rp 47,800

Or   956 PEC Points    New
Currently Unavailable
If stock becomes available, email me at:

New Free Shipping.
* Terms and Conditions
Delivered in 10 - 20 business days


Scientific knowledge is the most solid and robust kind of knowledge that humans have because of the self-correcting character inherent in its own processes. Nevertheless, anti-evolutionists, climate denialists, and anti-vaxxers, among others, question some of the best-established scientific findings, making claims that are unsupported by empirical evidence. A common aspect of these claims is the reference to the uncertainties in these areas of research, which leads to the conclusion that science is uncertain about evolution, climate change, and vaccination, among others. The truth of the matter is that while the broad picture is clear, there exist--and will always exist--uncertainties about the details of the respective phenomena. In this book Kampourakis and McCain show that uncertainty is an inherent feature of science that does not devalue it. In contrast, uncertainty actually makes science advance because it motivates further research.

The first book of its kind, Uncertainty draws on philosophy of science to explain what uncertainty in science is and how it makes science advance. It contrasts evolution, climate change, and vaccination, where the uncertainties are exaggerated, to genetic testing and forensic science where the uncertainties are usually overlooked. Kampourakis and McCain discuss the scientific, psychological, and philosophical aspects of uncertainty in order to explain what it is really about, what kind of problems it actually poses, and why it ultimately makes science advance. Contrary to the public representations of scientific findings and conclusions that produce an intuitive but distorted view of science as certain, we need to understand and learn to live with uncertainty in science.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 0190871660

ISBN-13: 9780190871666

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Hardcover: 272 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.00 Kg

Customer Reviews

Share your thoughts with other customers:
Write a Customer Review

There are no reviews for this product.






View Mobile / Standard © 2011-2020 Periplus Holdings Ltd.