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Growing explanations : historical perspectives on recent science

Author: M Norton Wise
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2004.
Series: Science and cultural theory.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Publication:Duke backfile.
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Written by leading historians and philosophers of science, these essays examine the range of subjects, people and goals involved in changing the character of scientific analysis over the last several decades and highlights the alternatives that new fields offer to the re-ordering of knowledge to emphasize growth, change and contingency.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Growing explanations.
Durham : Duke University Press, 2004
(DLC) 2004008472
(OCoLC)54972965
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Norton Wise
ISBN: 9780822390084 0822390086
OCLC Number: 631549383
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 346 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction : dynamics all the way up / M. Norton Wise --
Mirror symmetry : persons, values, and objects / Peter Galison --
Chaos, disorder, and mixing : a new fin-de-siècle image of science? / Amy Dahan Dalmedico --
Forms of explanation in the catastrophe theory of René Thom : topology, morphogenesis, and structuralism / David Aubin --
From Boeing to Berkeley : civil engineers, the cold war, and the origins of finite element analysis / Ann Johnson --
Fuzzyfying the world : social practices of showing the properties of fuzzy logic / Claude Rosental --
Marrying the premodern to the postmodern : computers and organisms after World War II / Evelyn Fox Keller --
Immunology and the enigma of selfhood / Alfred I. Tauber --
Immunology and AIDS : growing explanations and developing instruments / Ilana Löwy --
Artificial life support : some nodes in the Alife ribotype / Richard Doyle --
The word for world is computer : simulating second natures in artificial life / Stefan Helmreich --
Constructing and explaining emergence in artificial life : on paradigms, ontodefinitions, and general knowledge in biology / Claus Emmeche.
Series Title: Science and cultural theory.
Responsibility: M. Norton Wise, editor.
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