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Bloor, David

Works: 2 works in 32 publications in 1 language and 2,462 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: B3376.W564, 192
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Most widely held works by David Bloor
Wittgenstein, rules and institutions by David Bloor( )

22 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 1,703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clearly and simply written, this book provides the first consistent sociological reading of Wittgenstein's work for many years
The enigma of the aerofoil : rival theories in aerodynamics, 1909-1930 by David Bloor( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do aircraft fly? How do their wings support them? In the early years of aviation, there was an intense dispute between British and German experts over the question of why and how an aircraft wing provides lift. The British, under the leadership of the great Cambridge mathematical physicist Lord Rayleigh, produced highly elaborate investigations of the nature of discontinuous flow, while the Germans, following Ludwig Prandtl in Göttingen, relied on the tradition called "technical mechanics" to explain the flow of air around a wing. Much of the basis of modern aerodynamics emerged from this remarkable episode, yet it has never been subject to a detailed historical and sociological analysis. In The Enigma of the Aerofoil, David Bloor probes a neglected aspect of this important period in the history of aviation. Bloor draws upon papers by the participants--their restricted technical reports, meeting minutes, and personal correspondence, much of which has never before been published--and reveals the impact that the divergent mathematical traditions of Cambridge and Göttingen had on this great debate. Bloor also addresses why the British, even after discovering the failings of their own theory, remained resistant to the German circulation theory for more than a decade. The result is essential reading for anyone studying the history, philosophy, or sociology of science or technology--and for all those intrigued by flight
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Wittgenstein, rules and institutions
English (32)