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Thing Knowledge: A Philosophy of Scientific Instruments / Edition 1
     

Thing Knowledge: A Philosophy of Scientific Instruments / Edition 1

by Davis Baird
 

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ISBN-10: 0520232496

ISBN-13: 9780520232495

Pub. Date: 02/10/2004

Publisher: University of California Press


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 "read

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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 "read" 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520232495
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/10/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1270L (what's this?)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations and Tables
Preface

1. Instrument Epistemology
2. Models: Representing Things
3. Working Knowledge
4. Encapsulating Knowledge
5. The Instrumentation Revolution
6. Thing Knowledge
7. The Thing-y-ness of Things
8. Between Technology and Science
9. Instrumental Objectivity
10. The Gift

References
Index

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