The Scientific Sublime: Popular Science Unravels the Mysteries of the Universe

ISBN : 9780190637774

Alan G. Gross
328 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Aug 2018
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In The Scientific Sublime, Alan Gross reveals the modern-day sublime in popular science. He shows how the great popular scientists of our time--Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, Steven Weinberg, Brian Greene, Lisa Randall, Rachel Carson, Stephen Jay Gould, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, and E. O. Wilson--evoke the sublime in response to fundamental questions: How did the universe begin? How did life? How did language?


Chapter 1: Isn't Science Sublime?
Part I: The Physicists
Chapter 2: Richard Feynman: The Consensual Sublime
Chapter 3: Steven Weinberg: The Conjectural Sublime
Chapter 4. Lisa Randall: The Technological Sublime
Chapter 5. Brian Greene: The Speculative Sublime
Chapter 6. Stephen Hawking: The Scientific Sublime Embodied
Part II: The Biologists
Chapter 7. Rachel Carson: The Ethical Sublime
Chapter 8. Stephen Jay Gould's Books: The Balanced Sublime
Chapter 9. Stephen Jay Gould's Essays: Experiencing the Sublime
Chapter 10. Steven Pinker: The Polymath Sublime
Chapter 11. Richard Dawkins: The Mathematical Sublime
Chapter 12. E. O. Wilson: The Biophilic Sublime
Part III
Chapter 13. Move Over, God

About the author: 

Alan G. Gross is a Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar. His specialty is scientific communication. He is the author of The Rhetoric of Science and co-author of Communicating Science, The Scientific Literature, The Craft of Scientific Communication, Science from Sight to Insight, and The Internet Revolution in the Sciences and Humanities.

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