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Growing explanations : historical perspectives on recent science

Author: M Norton Wise
Publisher: Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 2004.
Series: Science and cultural theory
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Addresses a shift in the hierarchy of scientific explanations

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M Norton Wise
ISBN: 0822333074 9780822333074 0822333198 9780822333197
OCLC Number: 1062072678
Description: 376 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: dynamincs all the way up / M. Norton Wise 1Part I Mathematics, physics, and engineering Elementary particles? `1. Mirror symmetry: persons, values, and objects / Peter Galison 23Nonlinear dynamics and chaos 2. Chaos, disorder, and mixing: a new fin-de-siecle image of science? / Amy Dahan Dalmedico 673. Forms of explanation in the catastrophe theory of Rene Thjom: topology, morphogenesis, and structuralism / David Aubin 95Coping with complexity in technology 4. From Boeing to Berkeley: civil engineers, the cold war, and the origins of finite element analysis / Ann Johnson 1335. Fuzzyfying the world: social practices of showing the properties of fuzzy logic / Claude Rosental 159Part II The organism, the self, and (artificial) life Self-Organization 6. Marrying the premodern to the postmodern: computers and organisms after World War II / Evelyn Fox Keller 181Immunology 7. Immunology and the enigma of selfhood / Alfred I. Tauber 2018. Immunology of AIDS: growning explanations and developing instruments / Ilana Lowy 222Artificial Life 9. Artificial life support: some nodes in the Alife ribotype / Richard Doyle 25110. The word for world is computer: simulating second natures in artificial life / Stefan Helmreich 27511. Constructing and explaining emergence in artificial life: on paradigms, ontodefinitions, and general knowledge in biology / Claus Emmeche 301Afterword 327Contributors 333Index 337
Series Title: Science and cultural theory
Responsibility: edited by M. Norton Wise.

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