Philosophy of Experimental Biology

Philosophy of Experimental Biology

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Philosophy of Experimental Biology explores some central philosophical issues concerning scientific research in experimental biology, including genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, and microbiology. It seeks to make sense of the explanatory strategies, concepts, ways of reasoning, approaches to discovery and problem solving, tools, models and experimental systems deployed by scientific life science researchers and also integrates developments in historical scholarship, in particular the New Experimentalism. It concludes that historical explanations of scientific change that are based on local laboratory practice need to be supplemented with an account of the epistemic norms and standards that are operative in science. This book should be of interest to philosophers and historians of science as well as to scientists.Thanks to the comparative simplicity of this organism, it was possible to construct wiring diagrams representing all the synaptic connections ... models of how these neurons control certain behaviors such as chemotaxis (Bargmann 1993; Schaffner 1998, 2000, 2001). ... For example, the gene npr-1 seems to be partly responsible for the worma#39;s social behavior, as mutations in this gene can turn the wormsanbsp;...

Title:Philosophy of Experimental Biology
Author:Marcel Weber
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2004-08-30


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