The Earth: From Myths to Knowledge

Author(s): Hubert Krivine

Mathematics & Science

Are we entitled to say that Earth is 4.55 billion years old, and its trajectory an ellipse centered on the Sun, with an average radius of 150 million kilometers? Most educated people today would say yes. Curiously, however, three hundred years after the century of Enlightenment, the fact that these assertions constitute what it is customary to call "scientific truths" is often perceived, especially by postmodernists, as naive, improper or even (paradoxically) wrong. Against the fashionable relativist idea that science is no more than a socially constructed doxa, and reality nothing more than what we ourselves bring to it, this straightforward yet highly vigorous book rehabilitates a supposedly outdated, naively realist notion "scientific truth."


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"Clear and fascinating." La Quinzaine litteraire "A wonderful reflection on science." Mediapart "An excellent book of popular science, written in a straightforward, accessible style." Jean Bricmont, Le Monde Diplomatique

HUBERT KRIVINE is a physicist, retired professor and researcher at the Laboratoire de Physique Nucleaire et des Hautes Energies. He is the author of several books on modern physics.

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  • : 9781784782702
  • : Verso Books
  • : Verso Books
  • : March 2015
  • : books

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  • : Hubert Krivine
  • : Paperback
  • : 304