Nancy Cartwright, The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science. Cambridge, 2007. 260 pp. $35.99 paper. Buy on Amazon.
Note that Dr. Cartwright will be giving the Spring 2013 Science Conversations lecture.
Nancy Cartwright argues against a vision of a uniform world completely ordered under a single elegant theory, and proposes instead a patchwork of laws of nature. Combining classic and newly written essays, The Dappled World offers important methodological lessons for both the natural and the social sciences, and will interest anyone who wants to understand how modern science works.
Cartwright is currently professor of philosophy at Durham University and the University of California, San Diego. Her books include Evidence-based Policy: Doing It Better. A Practical Guide to Predicting if a Policy Will Work For You, with Jeremy Hardie (2012); Causal Powers: What Are They? Why Do We Need Them? What Can and Cannot be Done with Them? (2007); Hunting Causes and Using Them: Studies in Philosophy and Economics (2007); Measuring Causes: Invariance, Modularity and the Causal Markov Condition (2000); The Dappled World; Otto Neurath: Philosophy between Science and Politics, with Jordi Cat, Lola Fleck, Thomas E. Uebel (1996); Nature's Capacities and their Measurement (1989); How the Laws of Physics Lie (1983).