Henri Poincaré is one of the most famous mathematicians and scientists of the last 500 years. He was a polymath who excelled in theoretical physics, engineering, philosophy, and mathematics.
Science and Method is Poincaré's treatment of the philosophy of the scientific method. "If the scientist had an infinity of time at his disposal," He states, "It would be sufficient to say to him, 'Look, and look carefully.'" Since the scientist does not operate in infinity however, the author has written this textbook to assist in determining how best to proceed with scientific studies. The book is divided into five chapters that are interrelated and depend fairly heavily on one another. Topics covered include the selection of facts, mathematical discovery, the relativity of space, mathematics and logic, mechanics and radium, an examination of the Milky Way, and finally, French geodesy. Poincaré concludes this book with a brief summary that highlights the overarching conclusions of the text.
As a textbook and a resource guide, Science and Method is a great success. It is a highly readable treatment of the material, one that will appeal to those involved in all disciplines of science and mathematics. Henri Poincaré writes with a clarity that is rarely found in the works of such accomplished academics. This is a definitive work on the subject from one of the true geniuses of our time.
Science and Method is one of Poincaré's most well read books, and with good reason. It is everything a good science book should be. Educational and illuminating, it still maintains a readability that few texts on the subject do. This book is highly recommended for anybody interested in furthering their knowledge of the scientific method.