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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Carlo Artemi's A Passage Called Science is a comprehensive study of scientific pursuits. In it, he emphasizes assertions like precise definitions and the role of logic in scientific reasoning, distinguishing between inductive and deductive methods. The absence of predictive models in art and philosophy is explored, as is the concept of time and the basis of scientific laws in experimentation, which he contrasts with moral statutes. Artemi discusses the dissemination of scientific knowledge, the practical applications of the scientific method, and its relevance in societal structures. He defends Darwin's theory, comparing artistic liberty in interpretation to science's connection to empirical reality. Science's limitations in exploring metaphysical aspects are analyzed, as are funding misconceptions and science's ties to capitalism and socialism. While Artemi acknowledges the scientific method's universality, he highlights its constraints and challenges, advocating for a balanced presentation of science as a method of knowledge acquisition.
The exhaustive research and thought that clearly went into A Passage Called Science by Carlo Artemi is exceptional on its own, and it is written in an accessible manner that sets it apart from similar texts. As a 'mathlete' and a bit of a science junkie, I appreciated the attention Artemi paid to foundational details like mathematics being applied as a language and tool across scientific disciplines, as well as the deeper, more controversial areas like the science of miracles and studies on paranormal phenomena, which I found the most fascinating. I think lay readers will find a lot in Artemi's book that stretches beyond the technical and into areas that are relatable to their lives. For example, the discipline of astrology is addressed in the sense of what it really is. There is no actual scientific backing to it, but as a "pseudoscience,” Artemi does not discount the emotional element of it and therefore validates the feelings of a believer even if it is not science. Overall, this is an extremely well-compiled presentation of scientific study with a great deal to offer to all who read it. Very highly recommended.