Thing Knowledge

Thing Knowledge

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Western philosophers have traditionally concentrated on theory as the means for expressing knowledge about a variety of phenomena. This absorbing book challenges this fundamental notion by showing how objects themselves, specifically scientific instruments, can express knowledge. As he considers numerous intriguing examples, Davis Baird gives us the tools to qreadq the material products of science and technology and to understand their place in culture. Making a provocative and original challenge to our conception of knowledge itself, Thing Knowledge demands that we take a new look at theories of science and technology, knowledge, progress, and change. Baird considers a wide range of instruments, including Faraday's first electric motor, eighteenth-century mechanical models of the solar system, the cyclotron, various instruments developed by analytical chemists between 1930 and 1960, spectrometers, and more.The modela#39;s most important prediction is wonderfully understated in Watson and Cricka#39;s conclusion to their initial ... and how each of the two daughter cells is able to make a whole again by using one strand of DNA as a template to form the other strand. ... I adapt what follows from R. I. G. 36 / Models:Representing Things .

Title:Thing Knowledge
Author:Davis Baird
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2004-01-11


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