Wondrous Truths answers two questions about the steep rise of theoretical discoveries around 1600: Why in the European West? And why so quickly? The history of science's awkward assortment of accident and luck, geography and personal idiosyncrasy, explains scientific progress alongside experimental method. J.D. Trout's blend of scientific realism and epistemic naturalism carries us through neuroscience, psychology, history, and policy, and explains how the corpuscular hunch of Boyle and Newton (and their alchemical predecessors) caught on.
Cover; Title page; Copyright ; Dedication ; Contents; Preface ; 1. Wonder and the Feeling of Understanding ; 2. Explanatory Fluency and the False Climb ; 3. The Biology Behind the Feeling ; 4. Believing the Best Explanation ; 5. Good Theories, Lucky Hunches ; 6. Newton's Hunch ; 7. Conclusion Notes References ; Index
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