A "Choice" magazine "Outstanding Academic Book for 1997" and an Alternate Selection of the Library of Science Book Club.
James W. McAllister is Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Leiden, and the editor of the journal, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
"This is a great book. It clearly and concisely does what it sets out to do: It examines the basic philosophical and sociological theories of the role of aesthetics in science, it identifies the critical assumptions and contradictions that differentiate these views, and it provides a carefully reasoned, well-documented and novel approach to the issues. Best of all, the book is eminently readable. Anyone interested in the bases of scientific controversies, the nature of scientific revolutions, or the similarities and differences between the sciences and the arts should definitely read McAllister's book. It may prove to be as fundamental as Thomas S. Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions."-American Scientist "A valuable, important, persuasively argued book. Highly recommended."-Choice "An outstanding contribution to a little developed aspect of the philosophy and history of science."-Marx W. Wartofsky, Baruch College