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The third lens : metaphor and the creation of modern cell biology

Author: Andrew S Reynolds
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
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Does science aim at providing an account of the world that is literally true or objectively true? Understanding the difference requires paying close attention to metaphor and its role in science. In The Third Lens, Andrew S. Reynolds argues that metaphors, like microscopes and other instruments, are a vital tool in the construction of scientific knowledge and explanations of how the world works. More than just  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Reynolds, Andrew S.
Third lens.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017044566
(OCoLC)1004268042
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew S Reynolds
ISBN: 9780226563435 022656343X
OCLC Number: 1038717045
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: The early history of cell theory: the cell as empty chamber, building stone, and elementary organism --
Biochemical conceptions of the cell: from bag of enzymes to chemical factory --
Cell sociology: the cell as social agent --
Cell signaling: the cell as electronic computer --
Metaphors in science: "perspectives", "tools", and other meta-metaphors --
The instrumental success of scientific metaphor: putting the scientific realism issue in perspective.
Responsibility: Andrew S. Reynolds.
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An analysis of the role of metaphor in shaping the work and findings of science, using cell biology as the central case study.  Read more...

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"A rich and engaging tour of the role of metaphor in the history of cell biology."--Evelyn F. Keller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Brief, admirably lucid. . . . His example should be an Read more...

 
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