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Pavlov's Dogs and Schrodinger's Cat: Scenes from the Living Laboratory

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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."

About the Author

Rom Harré is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Linacre College, Oxford, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199238576
Author:
Harre, Rom
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
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Author:
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Subject:
History
Subject:
Research -- Methodology.
Subject:
History, Other | History of Science
Subject:
History of Science-General
Series:
Popular Science
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 BandW Halftones
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
5 x 7.6 x 1 in 0.544 lb

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