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Creating scientific concepts

Author: Nancy J Nersessian
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008.
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"How do novel scientific concepts arise? In Creating Scientific Concepts, Nancy Nersessian seeks to answer this central but virtually unasked question in the problem of conceptual change. She argues that the popular image of novel concepts and profound insight bursting forth in a blinding flash of inspiration is mistaken. Instead, novel concepts are shown to arise out of the interplay of three factors: an attempt to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy J Nersessian
ISBN: 9780262141055 0262141051 9780262515078 0262515075
OCLC Number: 221663111
Awards: Winner of Patrick Suppes Prize in the Philosophy of Science 2011.
Description: xiv, 251 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Creativity in conceptual change: a cognitive-historical approach --
Model-based reasoning practices: historical exemplar --
Model-based reasoning practices: protocol study exemplar --
The cognitive basis of model-based reasoning practices: mental modeling --
Representation and reasoning: analogy, imagery, thought experiment --
Creativity in conceptual change.
Responsibility: Nancy Nersessian.
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An account that analyzes the dynamic reasoning processes implicated in a fundamental problem of creativity in science: how does genuine novelty emerge from existing representations?  Read more...

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"It should be obvious: scientists are human beings and their scientific theories reflect normal human mechanisms of thought, called frames and metaphors by some cognitive scientists and models and Read more...

 
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