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Autor: Friedrich Steinle
ISBN-13: 9781402088926
Einband: Buch
Seiten: 277
Gewicht: 578 g
Format: 235xx mm
Sprache: Englisch

Going Amiss in Experimental Research

Vol.267, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
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Experiment is subject to many kinds of failures. Combining historical and philosophical approaches, this book shows that it is fruitful to bring to light forgotten and lost failures, subject them to analysis and learn from their moral.
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Introduction
Giora Hon, Jutta Schickore, and Friedrich Steinle Error as an object of study
Giora Hon
Error: The long neglect, the one-sided view, and a typology Jutta Schickore
Error as historiographical challenge: The infamous globule hypothesis
Learning from error
Erez Braun and Shimon Marom
Learning without error Giora Hon
Living extremely flat: the life of automaton; John von Neumann's conception of error of (in)animate systems
Concepts and dead ends
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger
Experimental reorientations Kärin Nickelsen and Gerd Graßhoff
Concepts from the bench: Krebs and the Urea cycle Friedrich Steinle
How experiments make concepts fail: Faraday and magnetic curves Kostas Gavroglu
A pioneer who never got it right: James Dewar and the elusive phenomena of cold
Instrumental artifacts
Wendy Parker
Distinguishing real results from instrumental artifacts: The case of the missing rain Jan Frercks
Going right and making it wrong: The reception of Fizeau's ether-drift experiment of 1859 Allan Franklin
The spectrum of ß decay: continuous or discrete? A variety of errors in experimental investigation Surprise and puzzlement
Christoph Hoffmann
The scent of filth: Experiments, waste, and the set-up Ursula Klein
In the thick of organic matter Epilogue
Giora Hon, Jutta Schickore, and Friedrich Steinle
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Like any goal-oriented procedure, experiment is subject to many kinds of failures. These failures have a variety of features, depending on the particulars of their sources. For the experimenter these pitfalls should be avoided and their effects minimized. For the historian-philosopher of science and the science educator, on the other hand, they are instructive starting points for reflecting on science in general and scientific method and practice in particular. Often more is learned from failure than from confirmation and successful application. The identification of error, its source, its context, and its treatment shed light on both practices and epistemic claims. This book shows that it is fruitful to bring to light forgotten and lost failures, subject them to analysis and learn from their moral. The study of failures, errors, pitfalls and mistakes helps us understand the way knowledge is pursued and indeed generated. The book presents both historical accounts and philosophical analyses of failures in experimental practice. It covers topics such as "error as an object of study", "learning from error", "concepts and dead ends", "instrumental artifacts", and "surprise and puzzlement".This book will be of interest to historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science as well as to practicing scientists and science educators.
Autor: Friedrich Steinle
ISBN-13:: 9781402088926
ISBN: 1402088922
Verlag: Springer Netherlands
Gewicht: 578g
Seiten: 277
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 235xx mm, m. 45 SW-Zeichn.