The Ozone Layer

A Philosophy of Science Perspective

The Ozone Layer

The Ozone Layer is an accessible history of stratospheric ozone, from its discovery in the nineteenth century to current investigations of the Antarctic ozone hole. Drawing directly on the scientific literature, Christie uses the story of ozone as a case study for examining fundamental issues relating to the practice of modern science and the conduct of scientific debate. Linking key debates in the philosophy of science to an example of real-world science it is an excellent and thought-provoking introduction to the philosophy of science.


"Maureen Christie's carefully reasoned book presents a critical philosophical analysis of the evidence development between 1970 and 1994 on the effects of human-produced chlorinated fluorocarbons ( CFCs) on the ozone layer...remarkably successful, providing an illuminating way to understand the interplay of argument and evidence." American Scientist, VOL 89

"Although the book focuses on ozone, a few additional examples provide helpful extensions." CHOICE Nov 2001

"The volume is scholarly but written at a level that makes it accessible to the non-specialist" Research News & Opportunities in science and Theology

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