Discovering Cell Mechanisms: The Creation of Modern Cell Biology

Discovering Cell Mechanisms: The Creation of Modern Cell Biology

by William Bechtel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521729440

ISBN-13: 9780521729444

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Cell biology was a revolutionary science in its own right, but in this book, it also provides fuel for yet another revolution, one that focuses on the very conception of science itself. Laws have traditionally been regarded as the primary vehicle of explanation, but in the emerging philosophy of science it is mechanisms that do the explanatory work. William Bechtel…  See more details below

Overview

Cell biology was a revolutionary science in its own right, but in this book, it also provides fuel for yet another revolution, one that focuses on the very conception of science itself. Laws have traditionally been regarded as the primary vehicle of explanation, but in the emerging philosophy of science it is mechanisms that do the explanatory work. William Bechtel emphasizes how mechanisms were discovered by cell biologists, focusing especially on the way in which new instruments - the ultracentrifuge and the electron microscope made these inquiries possible. He also describes how scientists organized new journals and professional societies to provide an institutional structure to the new enterprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521729444
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : cell mechanisms and cell biology1
2Explaining cellular phenomena through mechanisms19
3The locus of cell mechanisms : terra incognita between cytology and biochemistry64
4Creating new instruments and research techniques for discovering cell mechanisms118
5Entering the terra incognita between biochemistry and cytology : putting new research tools to work in the 1940s162
6New knowledge : the mechanisms of the cytoplasm190
7Giving cell biology an institutional identity258

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