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Discovering cell mechanisms : the creation of modern cell biology

Author: William Bechtel
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Series: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Cell biology was a revolutionary science in its own right, but in this book, it also provides fuel for yet another revolution, one that focuses on the very conception of science itself. Laws have traditionally been regarded as the primary vehicle of explanation, but in the emerging philosophy of science it is mechanisms that do the explanatory work. William Bechtel emphasizes how mechanisms were discovered by cell  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Bechtel
ISBN: 052181247X 9780521812474 9780521729444 0521729440
OCLC Number: 60705682
Description: xii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction : cell mechanisms and cell biology --
2. Explaining cellular phenomena through mechanisms --
3. The locus of cell mechanisms : terra incognita between cytology and biochemistry --
4. Creating new instruments and research techniques for discovering cell mechanisms --
5. Entering the terra incognita between biochemistry and cytology : putting new research tools to work in the 1940s --
6. New knowledge : the mechanisms of the cytoplasm --
7. Giving cell biology an institutional identity.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
Responsibility: William Bechtel.
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Bechtel emphasises how mechanisms were discovered by cell biologists and the instruments that made these inquiries possible.  Read more...

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