Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Books

Posted by Trent Walters at 5:44 AM
Science had interesting reviews of Janos Bolyai, Non-Euclidean Geometry, and the Nature of Space by Jeremy J. Gray (a combination primer and advanced tutorial on the matter and its impact on scientists and philosophers) and The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge (Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative) by Jean-Pierre Changeux. In the latter, the author attempts to demonstrate how a society may attain true beliefs through the scientific method, communication and freedom--which is anathema to those less scientific types who bristle at truths. Certainly, science can inform much of what we know. Perhaps there's a middle ground of things we can and do know and those we cannot.