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Convergence : the idea at the heart of science : how the different disciplines are coming together to tell one coherent, interlocking story, and making science the basis for other forms of knowledge / Peter Watson

Watson, Peter, 1943- author (Author).
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Greenwood PL - Greenwood 509 WAT (Text) 36626103807830 New Adult Nonfiction Checked out 04/04/2017

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  • ISBN: 9781476754345
  • ISBN: 1476754349
  • Physical Description: xxix, 543 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
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General Note: Published in U.K. with different subtitle: Convergence : the deepest idea in the universe
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Preface. Convergence: "The deepest idea in the universe" -- Introduction. "The unity of the observable world" -- Part one. the most important unifying ideas of all time -- "The greatest of all generalizations" -- "A single stroke unifies life, meaning, purpose, and physical law" -- Part two. the long arm of the laws of physics -- Beneath the pattern of the elements -- The unification of space and time, and of mass and energy -- The "consummated marriage" of physics and chemistry - The interplay of chemistry and biology: "the intimate connection between two kingdoms" -- The unity of science movement: "Integration is the new aim" -- Hubble, Hitler, Hiroshima: Einstein's unifications vindicated -- Part three. "The friendly invasion of the biological sciences by the physical sciences" -- Caltech and the Cavendish: from atomic physics to molecular biology via quantum chemistry -- Biology, the "most unifying" science: the switch from reduction to composition -- Part four. The continuum from minerals to man -- Physics + astronomy = chemistry + cosmology: the second evolutionary synthesis -- A biography of Earth: the unified chronology of geology, botany, linguistics. and archaeology -- The overlaps between new disciplines: ethology, sociobiology, and behavioral economics -- Climatology + oceanography + ethnography -> myth = big history -- Civilization = the orchestration of geography, meteorology, anthropology, and genetics -- The hardening of psychology and its integration with economics -- Dreams of a final unification: physics, mathematics, information, and the universe -- Spontaneous order: the architecture of molecules, new patterns in evolution, and the emergence of quantum biology -- The biological origin of the arts, physics and philosophy, the physics of society, neurology and nature -- Conclusion. Overlaps, patterns, hierarchies: a preexisting order?
Subject: Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge.
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