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Is water H2O? : evidence, pluralism and realism

Author: Hasok Chang
Publisher: Dordrecht [The Netherlands] : Springer, 2012.
Series: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, v. 293.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book exhibits deep philosophical quandaries and intricacies of the historical development of science lying behind a simple and fundamental item of common sense in modern science, namely the composition of water as H2O. Three main phases of development are critically re-examined, covering the historical period from the 1760s to the 1860s: the Chemical Revolution (through which water first became recognized as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Chang, Hasok.
Is water H2O?.
Dordrecht [The Netherlands] : Springer, 2012
(DLC) 2012934281
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hasok Chang
ISBN: 9789400739321 940073932X
OCLC Number: 797837930
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 316 pages :) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Water and the chemical revolution --
Electrolysis: piles of confusion and poles of attraction --
HO or H₂O? How chemists learned to count atoms --
Active realism and the reality of H₂O --
Pluralism in science: a call to action.
Series Title: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, v. 293.
Responsibility: Hasok Chang.

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This book exhibits deep philosophical quandaries and intricacies of the historical development of science lying behind a simple item of common sense in modern science: the composition of water as  Read more...

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