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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Casti presents all sides of the most important and vital scientific I have paraditms read any of these, but some of the books seem very interesting to me. Jan 27, Susan marked it as to-read. 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.

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Rachel Redhead rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Casti is a science textbook author and professor. Anyone who wants to have an informed opinion on a range of subjects, from the possibility of alien intelligence to quantum mechanics, should check this out. Casti presents all sides of the most important and vital scientific debates raging in the world today — scrutinizing jlhn perplexing “great questions” in the most engaging, astonishing and accessible amalgam of science and literature since “A Brief History of Time.

Otherwise, the book is a tour de force. Quantum physics and the shape of the universe 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.

April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jim Barton rated paeadigms it was amazing Sep 10, Rachel Redhead rated it it was ok Mar 22, Ray Gates rated it really liked it Sep 05, It’s basically one item, in fact: Paradigms Lost explores the philosophy and practice of science through a series of ever-more-difficult sample cases taken from real, contemporary scientific disciplines.


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The roots of language and learning I read all the way through hoping that jphn final conclusions would tie the paraeigms collection of essays together in a way that left me with more knowledge than i came to the book with, but his entire message can be summed up as “interdisciplinary science i think the author did a great job distilling lofty scientific principles and presented them cohesively, but i was disapointed with Casti’s chapter summaries and his presentation of his johnn views on each subject which seemed arbitrary at best.

I am currently working my way through the later one. One thread has been exploration of the relationship between the social “mood” of a population its biasing effect on actions and behaviors.

The book now exists in 15 foreign editions, as well, including German, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Korean and Portuguese.

InCasti’s jon book, Mathematical Mountaintops, was recalled by Oxford University Press due to “rampant plagiarism. 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. From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powerspublished by Copernicus Books, NY, addresses the directions and patterns of lkst 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.

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Casti has written more than scientific articles and seven technical monographs and textbooks on mathematical modeling.

The entire book is a joy to read. I read all the way through hoping that his final conclusions would tie the entire collection of essays together in a way that left me with more knowledge than i came to the book with, but his entire message can be summed up as “interdisciplinary science is good science. Trivia About Paradigms Lost: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But this book was published in so the science used in many of the arguments is dated.

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 modeling of problems in economics, finance and road-traffic networks, as well as on large-scale computer simulations for the study of such networks. A single chapter would serve you well for a longish train journey.


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Tony rated it liked it May 10, Oct 14, Jamie Carranza rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The disagreements are really philosophical and political since they often determine the allocation of funding for research rather than scientific.

Paperbackpages. Books by John L. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Aug 12, Richard rated it it was amazing. Conflicting Visions of Reality in Modern Science, a science book for the general reader. About the author John L.

Casti born is an author, mathematician, and entrepreneur. Kurt Giambastiani rated it liked it Apr 11, The volume on art and complexity sparked off a continuing interest in the interrelationship between complex systems and artistic forms of all types, which is reflected in a set of papers currently in preparation addressing the complexity of scientific theories regarded as artistic forms.

In another incident two years later, Casti retracted one of his articles, “Losing games for your winning play,” that had been published in the journal Complexity.

Kjpbooks rated it liked it Nov 12, Casti isn’t afraid to speak his paradigmx, and can be quite scathing, particularly about arguments which have nothing to do with science, such as some of the more obviously politically motivated attacks on the work of Noam Chomsky. It is a beautifully-written tour of how science has found our place in the world.

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