The Nature of Science

There is a popular account of the scientific enterprise which presents its method as surefire and its achievement as the inexorable establishment of certain truth. Experimental testing verifies or falsifies the proposals offered by theory. Matters are thus settled to lasting satisfaction laws which never shall be broken are displayed for all to see. In actual fact, as we shall find out, the matter is a good deal subtler than that. Nevertheless, the great enhancement that the twentieth century...

Preface to the 2007 Edition

Apart from a short book intended to be a personal apologia for my Christian faith (Polkinghorne 1983), which I wrote during my transition from being a professor of mathematical physics to becoming an Anglican priest, One World was my first book on issues in science and religion, soon to be followed by two more (Polkinghorne 1988, 1989), with which it forms a trilogy. Reading it again, I recognize that it introduces a number of themes that have remained important in my thinking in subsequent...