© 1986

The Prism of Science

The Israel Colloquium: Studies in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Volume 2

  • Editors
  • Edna Ullmann-Margalit

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 95)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Metamorphoses of the Scientist in Utopia

  3. Metamorphoses of the Scientist in Utopia: A Comment

    1. Miriam Eliav-Feldon
      Pages 17-20
  4. The Third Force in Seventeenth-Century Thought: Skepticism, Science and Millenarianism

  5. The Third Force in Seventeenth-Century Thought: A Comment

  6. Restricted and Inclusive Historical Materialism

  7. Restricted and Inclusive Historical Materialism: A Comment

  8. Practical Reasoning

    1. David Pears
      Pages 93-106
  9. Practical Reasoning — The Bottom Line: A Comment

    1. Edna Ullmann-Margalit
      Pages 107-111
  10. Medicine and the Boer War Social and Political Consequences

  11. Medicine and the Boer War a Comment

    1. Eran Dolev
      Pages 141-145
  12. Koch’s Bacillus: Was There a Technological Fix?

    1. Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz
      Pages 147-160
  13. Koch’s Bacillus a Comment

    1. Pnina Abir-Am
      Pages 161-164
  14. Can Genetics Explain Development?

    1. Raphael Falk
      Pages 165-180
  15. Eddington Centennial Symposium

    1. Shmuel Sambursky
      Pages 181-182
    2. Solly G. Cohen
      Pages 183-194
    3. Jacob Shaham
      Pages 195-207
    4. John Stachel
      Pages 225-250

About this book


This is the second volume of Proceedings of the Israel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science. At the time that this preface is being written, the fourth annual series of lectures within the framework of the Israel Colloquium is already behind us and the fifth is underway. The Israel Colloquium thus has now not only a future to look forward to but also a past which is a source ,of pride and pleasure for those who take part in this venture. The Israel Colloquium has, I believe, struck roots in the Israeli scientific and intellectual life, while drawing on the ever-increasing readiness of the international scientific and intellectual community for continuous support. As in the first volume, here too the papers presented, taken together, attempt a threefold representation of science and of the scientific activity: the historical, the social, and the systematic. A novel focal point in this volume is the treatment of some case studies illuminating historical, social, and philosophical aspects of medicine. Another center of gravity here is the Eddington Centennial Symposium which was a main event in the Collo­ quium activity of the 1982-83 series. This is a fitting place for me to report with sorrow the untimely death in the summer of 1984 of Solly G. Cohen, one of Israel's leading scientists, who is among the contributors to this volume.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Prism of Science
  • Book Subtitle The Israel Colloquium: Studies in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Volume 2
  • Editors Edna Ullmann-Margalit
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2160-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-2161-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-4566-1
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    History, general
    Sociology, general
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