Cosmopolitics I


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Preface, Book I. The Science Wars, 1. Scientific Passions, 2. The Neutrino's Paradoxical Mode of Existence, 3. Culturing the Pharmakon?, 4. Constraints, 5. Introductions, 6. The Question of Unknowns, Book II. The Invention of Mechanics: Power and Reason, 7. The Power of Physical Laws, 8. The Singularity of Falling Bodies, 9. The Lagrangian Event, 10. Abstract Measurement: Putting Things to Work, 11. Heat at Work, 12. The Stars, Like Blessed Gods, 13. If We Could . . ., Book III. Thermodynamics: the Crisis of Physical Reality, 14. The Threefold Power of the Queen of Heaven, 15. Anamnesis, 16. Energy is Conserved!, 17. The Not So Profound Mystery of Entropy, 18. The Obligations of the Physicist, 19. Percolation, 20. In Place of an Epilogue, Notes, Index

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Isabelle Stengers is professor of philosophy at the Free University of Brussels. Among her other books available in English are The Invention of Modern Science (Minnesota, 2000) and Power and Invention: Situating Science (Minnesota, 1997).Robert Bononno, a teacher and translator, lives in New York City. His most recent translation is Psychoanalysis and the Challenge of Islam (Minnesota, 2009).

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