Pavlov's Dogs and Schri'Adinger's Cat: Scenes from the living laboratory

Pavlov's Dogs and Schri'Adinger's Cat: Scenes from the living laboratory

by Rom Harri'A
     
 

ISBN-10: 019923857X

ISBN-13: 9780199238576

Pub. Date: 04/05/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

From the sheep, dog, and cockerel that were sent aloft in Montgolfier's balloon to test the air over Paris, to the famous clone Dolly the Sheep and the Darwinian finches of the Galapagos, Pavlov's Dogs and Schrödinger's Cat offers a fascinating and enlightening look at the use of plants and animals—including humans—in scientific experiments. Rom Harr

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From the sheep, dog, and cockerel that were sent aloft in Montgolfier's balloon to test the air over Paris, to the famous clone Dolly the Sheep and the Darwinian finches of the Galapagos, Pavlov's Dogs and Schrödinger's Cat offers a fascinating and enlightening look at the use of plants and animals—including humans—in scientific experiments. Rom Harré here provides a fresh and fascinating perspective on research, setting aside moral reflection to simply examine the history of how and why living creatures have been used for the purposes of discovery. Ranging over five centuries, the book uncovers many extraordinary stories, including tales of the people involved, to many curious incidents and episodes, and the occasional scientific fraud. From Gregor Mendel's use of pea plants to explore heredity, to Barry Marshall's use of himself as the experimental animal in his helicobacter experiments (he survived) and even the use of an imaginary cat in Schrödinger's famous thought experiment, the reader discovers here a perspective on scientific work he or she has never encountered before—the concept of the "living laboratory."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199238576
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/05/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Instruments
1. Experimenting
2. Detecting
3. Measuring
Part II: Apparatus and the Logic of Experimentation
4. Exploring a New Domain
5. Extending an Established Domain
6. Testing Hypotheses
Part III: Models and Modeling
7. Modelling Individuals
8. Modelling Worlds
Part IV: Fakes and Fantasies
9. Practising Deception
10. Imagining Novel Beings
Index

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