Reliable knowledge: an exploration of the grounds for belief in science

New York: Cambridge University Press (1978)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Why believe in the findings of science? John Ziman argues that scientific knowledge is not uniformly reliable, but rather like a map representing a country we cannot visit. He shows how science has many elements, including alongside its experiments and formulae the language and logic, patterns and preconceptions, facts and fantasies used to illustrate and express its findings. These elements are variously combined by scientists in their explanations of the material world as it lies outside our everyday experience. John Ziman’s book offers at once a valuably clear account and a radically challenging investigation of the credibility of scientific knowledge, searching widely across a range of disciplines for evidence about the perceptions, paradigms and analogies on which all our understanding depends.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 83,944

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Getting scientists to think about what they are doing.John Ziman - 2001 - Science and Engineering Ethics 7 (2):165-176.
The continuing need for disinterested research.John Ziman - 2002 - Science and Engineering Ethics 8 (3):397-399.
Real science: what it is, and what it means.J. M. Ziman - 2000 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
The fortunes of inquiry.Nicholas Jardine - 1986 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Some reflections on John Ziman's 'no man is an island'.Alan Macfarlane - 2006 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (5):43-52.


Added to PP

21 (#573,821)

6 months
4 (#199,280)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references