CSU-Pueblo professor publishes book about science turning fantasy into reality


CSU - Pueblo professor publishes book about science turning fantasy into reality

PUEBLO –  In a new book being released in September, Colorado State University-Pueblo Sociology Professor Tim McGettigan discusses the way that science routinely transforms fantasies into reality.

McGettigan’s book Good Science: The Pursuit of Truth and the Evolution of Reality, will be published in September by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield. Drawing upon a sequence of the most important breakthroughs in the history of science, McGettigan develops a ground-breaking argument about the evolution of social reality.

McGettigan contends that through the magic of scientific discovery, the most mind-bending fantasies in one era—from Jules Verne’s Nautilus to Captain Kirk’s wireless communicator and talking computer—become bedrock realities in succeeding eras. From Galileo to Einstein and beyond, landmark achievements in science have redefined conceptions of the universe. He also argues that, when it comes to seeking new truths, imagination is often more important than knowledge. 
 
“Science has modified the real world by transforming fantasies, such as space travel and thinking computers, into commonplace features of everyday reality,” McGettigan said.  “Though science has routinely produced marvels of thought and technology, scientific achievements have also brought about dire threats to human existence, such as overpopulation, ecological disaster, and nuclear annihilation.”

McGettigan concludes that science must be understood as the most important, and simultaneously, the most hazardous invention that humans have ever conceived. His book asserts that the fortunes of humanity have always been closely tied to the pursuit of more and better knowledge. So, although science is imperfect, it represents the best available means of confronting global crises and creating abundant opportunities for humanity to thrive in the future.

Good Science is currently available online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lexington books as well as by special order at local bookstores. Stay tuned for local book signings by the author in the coming months.

For more information, contact McGettigan at 719-549-2416 or  timothy.mcgettigan@colostate-pueblo.edu

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