For most people, scientific culture is a source of mixed emotions, ranging from admiration to misconception. Many attempts at popularizing science do not help much, for they mostly aim to generate a sense of wonder by highlighting a selection of remarkable achievements, far removed from everyday experience, or veneration for the scientists who mysteriously accomplished those feats. Pursuing a different goal, this book attempts to describe the method which leads to those successful results and, eschewing mythology, help understand scientists’ actual work. After an introduction to the concept of scientific theory through the use of simple examples (such as heliocentrism), the authors accompany readers into scientists’ workshops, describing both end results and the tools (that is, particularly crucial ideas) used to formulate and solve problems in various fields of study.
Lucio Russo formerly taught History of Science at the Tor Vergata University in Rome.
Alessandro Della Corte is earning a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the Sapienza University in Rome.