An Idiot’s Fugitive Essays on Science

Methods, Criticism, Training, Circumstances

  • C. Truesdell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Aims, Programs, and Methods

  3. Criticism: Selected Reviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Writing and Texts for Living Science

    3. The Light of History Upon the Present

  4. Biography and Circumstances

  5. Training

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 439-439
    2. C. Truesdell
      Pages 455-467
  6. Philosophy?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 469-469
    2. C. Truesdell
      Pages 471-502
    3. C. Truesdell
      Pages 503-579
  7. Dirge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 581-581
    2. C. Truesdell
      Pages 632-632
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 633-654

About this book


When, after the agreeable fatigues of solicitation, Mrs Millamant set out a long bill of conditions subject to which she might by degrees dwindle into a wife, Mirabell offered in return the condition that he might not thereby be beyond measure enlarged into a husband. With age and experience in research come the twin dangers of dwindling into a philosopher of science while being enlarged into a dotard. The philosophy of science, I believe, should not be the preserve of senile scientists and of teachers of philosophy who have themselves never so much as understood the contents of a textbook of theoretical physics, let alone done a bit of mathematical research or even enjoyed the confidence of a creating scientist. On the latter count I run no risk: Any reader will see that I am untrained (though not altogether unread) in classroom philosophy. Of no ignorance of mine do I boast, indeed I regret it, but neither do I find this one ignorance fatal here, for few indeed of the great philosophers to explicate whose works hodiernal professors of phil­ osophy destroy forests of pulp were themselves so broadly and specially trained as are their scholiasts. In attempt to palliate the former count I have chosen to collect works written over the past thirty years, some of them not published before, and I include only a few very recent essays.


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Authors and affiliations

  • C. Truesdell
    • 1
  1. 1.The Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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