Edward J. Petuch, 2004, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 308 p. (Hardcover, US $189.95) ISBN: 0-8493-1632-4.

After a political year frequently dominated by conversations about absolutes versus nuance, it is perhaps appropriate to reflect on the sometimes paradoxical nature of our own field with respect to these same distinctions. Science is committed to the notion that there is an objective truth out there in the physical world, and that we can best approach it by reference to that physical world. At least in our introspective moments, however, scientists also realize that we can never “know” that objective truth with complete certainty,...

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