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Tools and Modes of Representation in the Laboratory Sciences : BOSTON STUDIES IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE - Ursula Klein

Tools and Modes of Representation in the Laboratory Sciences

BOSTON STUDIES IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

By: Ursula Klein (Editor)

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Published: 31st October 2001
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constitutive of reference in laboratory sciences as cultural sign systems and their manipulation and superposition, collectively shared classifications and associated conceptual frameworks,ยท and various fonns of collective action and social institutions. This raises the question of how much modes of representation, and specific types of sign systems mobilized to construct them, contribute to reference. Semioticians have argued that sign systems are not merely passive media for expressing preconceived ideas but actively contribute to meaning. Sign systems are culturally loaded with meaning stemming from previous practical applications and social traditions of applications. In new local contexts of application they not only transfer stabilized meaning but also can be used as active resources to add new significance and modify previous meaning. This view is supported by several analyses presented in this volume. Sign systems can be implemented like tools that are manipulated and superposed with other types of signs to forge new representations. The mode of representation, made possible by applying and manipulating specific types of representational tools, such as diagrammatic rather than mathematical representations, or Berzelian fonnulas rather than verbal language, contributes to meaning and forges fine-grained differentiations between scientists' concepts. Taken together, the essays contained in this volume give us a multifaceted picture of the broad variety of modes of representation in nineteenth-century and twentieth-century laboratory sciences, of the way scientists juxtaposed and integrated various representations, and of their pragmatic use as tools in scientific and industrial practice.

`I can recommend this book to those chemists who would like to catch up on what scholarship has transpired among historians and philosophers of science these past 20-30 years.' Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 28:2 (2003)

Introductionp. vii
Chemical Atomism and the Evolution of Chemical Theory in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 1
The Creative Power of Paper Tools in Early Nineteenth-Century Chemistryp. 13
An Early History of Alexander Crum Brown's Graphical Formulasp. 35
Conventionalities in Formula Writingp. 47
Paper Tools and Fictional Worlds: Prediction, Synthesis and Auxiliary Hypotheses in Chemistryp. 61
Aspects of Paper Tools in the Industrial-Academic Context: Constitutions and Structures of Aniline Dyes, 1860-1880p. 79
Molecular Models and the Articulation of Structural Constraints in Chemistryp. 95
Paper Tools and Molecular Architecture in the Chemistry of Linus Paulingp. 117
Graphic Representations of the Periodic System of Chemical Elementsp. 133
The Periodic Table: The Ultimate Paper Tool in Chemistryp. 163
A Principle Written in Diagrams: The Aufbau Principle for Molecules and Its Visual Representations, 1927-1932p. 179
Fedoroff's Translation of McClintock: The Uses of Chemistry in the Reorganization of Geneticsp. 199
Mathematics, Representation and Molecular Structurep. 221
Affinity, Additivity and the Reification of the Bondp. 237
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9781402001000
ISBN-10: 1402001002
Series: BOSTON STUDIES IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 31st October 2001
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57