Prematurity in Scientific Discovery: On Resistance and Neglect


"In preparing this remarkable book, Ernest Hook persuaded an eminent group of scientists, historians, sociologists and philosophers to focus on the problem: why are some discoveries rejected at a particular time but later seen to be valid? The interaction of these experts did not produce agreement on 'prematurity' in science but something more valuable: a collection of fascinating papers, many of them based on new research and analysis, which sometimes forced the author to revise a previously-held opinion. The book should be enthusiastically welcomed by all readers who are interested in how science works."--Stephen G. Brush, co-author of "Physics, The Human Adventure: From copernicus to Einstein and Beyond

""Prematurity and Scientific Discovery contains interesting and insightful papers by numerous well-known scientists and scholars. It will be of wide interest, not only to science studies scholars but also to working scientists and to science-literate general readers."--Thomas Nickles, editor of "Scientific Discovery, Logic, and Rationality

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Ernest B. Hook
  • Gunther S. Stent
  • Glenn T. Seaborg
  • Charles H. Townes
  • Norton D. Zinder
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2002


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