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J.W. Grove

Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1989. 229pp, paper, ISBN 0-8020-2634-6 (cloth) $35.00, 0-8020-6720-4 (paper) $14.95. CIP

Grades 12 and up/Ages 17 and up
Reviewed by John Bainbridge.

Volume 17 Number 4
1989 July

Depending on your point of view, science is a boon or a curse, the destroyer of our environment or the means to restore it, an abstract and difficult subject or a discipline that is beautiful in its logic and methodology.

Professor Grove has written an erudite book that explores the relationship between science and mankind in our various guises—the discoverer, the politician, the technologist and the charlatan. He sees science as the manifestation of the human drive to understand the physical world. This original determination has developed a systematic method of inquiry, which distinguishes science from other bodies of thought A third aspect is the pivotal role science is perceived to play in the inception and growth of technology, and the motivation which the quest for new technologies provides for scientific inquiry.

The book is a collection of six essays, each of which stands alone, but all of which, together, fit within a comprehensive theme. Although it is an academic rather than journalistic book the style is readable. Grove has provided extensive and concise footnotes, which explain the many scientific and intellectual theories and ideas to which Grove refers. Further, he has included a comprehensive list of references and an index of people and concepts.

I strongly recommend this book for all high school, post-secondary and public libraries.

John Bainbridge, Beatty-Fleming Senior Public School, Brampton, Ont.
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