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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Sep 30, Paul rated it it was amazing. I realize it’s a little old at this point, but I think it’s still one of the best books I’ve read on the subject of scientific frontiers. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

But Casti is really pursuing something more. In early he returned to Vienna where he co-founded The Kenos Circle, a professional society that aims to make use of complexity science in order to gain a deeper insight into the future than that offered by more conventional statistical tools. The book now exists in 15 foreign editions, as well, including German, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Korean and Portuguese.

Peter Jacobsson rated it it was amazing Jul 19, In the same year he published the volume, The One, True, Platonic Heaven Joseph Henry Press, Washington, DC,which addresses in a fictional format the question of the limits to scientific knowledge. Rachel Redhead rated it it was ok Mar 22, Books by John L.

Paradigms Lost: Images of Man in the Mirror of Science

Bookcover image available 4 25 Sep 06, Justin Walsh rated it liked it Dec 31, Areas on the cutting edge of scientific research tend to generate controversy for several reasons. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


The roots of language and learning Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I can’t understand why this book is out of print – I assume that it is as I had to order a used copy. As a mathematician and researcher, Casti received his Ph. That said, the book is actually arranged so that any particular chapter can be read independently of the others and the early section on what science “is” could be left out altogether. 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.

InCasti’s newest book, Mathematical Mountaintops, was recalled by Oxford University Press due to “rampant plagiarism.

Personalities become involved, and frequently toes are trodden on in other disciplines – which compu Originally published on my blog here in August Overall, I think this was a tour-de-force in its time. In a masterful “trial by reason,” author John L.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate This was so cutting edge and relevant init’s still relevant. Casti presents all sides of the most important and vital scientific But this book was published in so the science used in many of the arguments is dated. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. If you read it knowing full well that this is the case and make allowance for it I think you will be surprised, pleased and intrigued by his topics and presentations.

It is a beautifully-written tour of how science paraxigms found our place in the world. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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Oct 14, Jamie Carranza rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Personalities become involved, and frequently toes are trodden on in other disciplines – which computer programmer, for example, would want to be told by a psychologist whether or not his work might ever produce a computer that can be called intelligent?


It appears to be a more weighty and scientifically resonant idea than I ever understood, and Chomsky has in effect shaped an entire field. Mike Farrell rated it really liked it Feb 03, Harmless enough, perhaps, but there is a lamentable tendency in today’s on-line discourse to confuse science with adversarial debate and claim that “both sides” should be heard. Account Options Sign in. One thread has been exploration of the relationship between the social “mood” of a population its biasing effect on actions and behaviors.

Casti has also written three popular volumes on mathematics: You can read it, and enjoy it, solely for its in-depth background and analysis of the disciplines that it samples. Want to Read saving….

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Since I knew that the later book built on the earlier, I restrained myself enough to get and read this book first. The origins of life If he had actually laid out the arguments a bit more formally and structured how the various parties were introduced better, I think that I would have rated the book a “5”.

Paradigms Lost John L. Anyone who wants to have an cqsti opinion on a range of subjects, from the possibility of alien intelligence to quantum mechanics, should check this out. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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