Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline / Edition 1

Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
1402032560
ISBN-13:
9781402032561
Pub. Date:
12/21/2005
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
ISBN-10:
1402032560
ISBN-13:
9781402032561
Pub. Date:
12/21/2005
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline / Edition 1

Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline / Edition 1

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Overview

The Invisibility of Chemistry DAVIS BAIRD South Carolina Honors College, University of South Carolina ERIC SCERRI Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles LEE MCINTYRE Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University BUTWHATAREALLTHOSECHEMISTSDOING? Recently, one of us (Davis Baird) attended a meeting of historians of science and technology spanning all of the natural sciences and engineering and all (western) periods, ancient through contemporary. In the discussion of a paper on state-of-t- art history of modern (18th century forward) chemistry, a member of the audience made the claim that there was very little left to do in contemporary chemistry and that chemistry departments in his country were having trouble attracting graduate students. Baird found this perspective on contemporary chemistry both remarkable andimplausible,andsaidasmuch. AttheUniversityofSouthCarolina(USC)—where he teaches—chemistry enrolls, and graduates, five times as many graduate students as physics. In this, USC is not unique. The discipline of chemistry is, in fact, enormous and enormously productive. Joachim Schummer in this volume (Chapter 2) makes the point persuasively and concisely with data on the number of publications in various fields. With a grand total just shy of 900,000 papers indexed in chemical abstracts for the year 2000, chemistry is larger than all of the other natural sciences combined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402032561
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 12/21/2005
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science , #242
Edition description: 2006
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Chemistry and the Philosophy of Chemistry.- The Philosophy of Chemistry.- Chemistry and the History and Philosophy of Science.- Aristole’s Theory of Chemical Reaction and Chemical Substances.- Kant’s Legacy for the Philosophy of Chemistry.- Chemistry and Current Philosophy of Science.- The Conceptual Structure of the Sciences.- Normative and Descriptive Philosophy of Science and the Role of Chemistry.- How Classical Models of Explanation Fail to Cope with Chemistry.- Professional Ethics in Science.- Chemistry and Physics.- Is There Downward Causation in Chemistry?.- Physics in the Crucible of Chemistry.- Chemical Theory and Foundational Questions.- Some Philosophical Implications of Chemical Symmetry.- The Periodics Systems of Molecules.- A New Paradigm for Schrödinger and Kohn.- Chemistry and its Tools of Representation.- Virtual Tools.- Space in Molecular Representation; or How Pictures Represent Objects.- Visualizing Instrumental Techniques of Surface Chemistry.- Chemistry and Ontology.- Are Chemical Kinds Natural Kinds?.- Water is Not H2O.- From Metaphysics to Metachemistry.
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