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The Productivity of Prediction and Explanation

Science  07 Sep 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5843, pp. 1327
DOI: 10.1126/science.1145358

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The Intelligibility of Nature. How Science Makes Sense of the World. By Peter Dear. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2006. 254 pp. $27.50, £17.50. ISBN 9780226139487. Science.Culture.

In this consideration of the evolution of science, Dear emphasizes a tension between two distinct but frequently conflated ends: doing and knowing.