Cover: The Truth of Science: Physical Theories and Reality, from Harvard University PressCover: The Truth of Science in PAPERBACK

The Truth of Science

Physical Theories and Reality

Add to Cart

Product Details


$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674001817

Publication Date: 05/01/2000


272 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 halftones, 10 line illustrations


  • Introduction
  • 1. Conventions
  • 2. Science as a Social Construct?
  • 3. The Aim of Science Is Understanding
  • 4. Explanatory Devices
  • 5. The Role of Facts
  • 6. The Birth and Death of Theories
  • 7. The Power of Mathematics
  • 8. Causality, Determinism, and Probability
  • 9. Reality on Two Scales
  • 10. Reality at the Submicroscopic Level
  • 11. Truth and Objectivity
  • Notes
  • Further Reading
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Recent News

From Our Blog

Jacket: What Stars Are Made Of: The Life of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, by Donovan Moore, from Harvard University Press

The Most Famous Astronomer You’ve Never Heard Of

Despite her pioneering contributions to science, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin has not always been recognized as one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century. In What Stars Are Made Of, Donovan Moore sets out to change this, with the first full biography of this trailblazing scientist. To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are pleased to highlight five

‘manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin’

The digital Loeb Classical Library ( extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.