Pavlovs Dogs and Schrodingers Cat: scenes from the living laboratory

Paperback | April 4, 2010

byRom Harre

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From the sheep, dog, and cockerel that were sent aloft in Montgolfier's balloon, to Galvani's frog's legs, Dolly the Sheep, the finches of the Galapagos, and even imaginary cats and simulated life forms, Pavlov's Dogs and Schrodinger's Cat explores the fascinating history of the role of livingthings in science. The ways in which animals and plants have been used in science has always been a matter for considerable public debate, and this book provides an important and fascinating new perspective, setting aside moral reflection to simply examine the history of how and why living creatures have been used forthe purposes of scientific discovery. Many extraordinary stories are uncovered throughout five centuries of science - tales of the people involved, curious incidents and episodes, and the occasional scientific fraud too, as clear reflections on the history and philosophy of science are combined withremarkable accounts from the living laboratory.

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From the sheep, dog, and cockerel that were sent aloft in Montgolfier's balloon, to Galvani's frog's legs, Dolly the Sheep, the finches of the Galapagos, and even imaginary cats and simulated life forms, Pavlov's Dogs and Schrodinger's Cat explores the fascinating history of the role of livingthings in science. The ways in which anima...

Rom Harre is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Linacre College, Oxford, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. His academic career began in mathematics, but an interest in the methods used by scientists led him towards the philosophy of science. He is past President of the British Society for t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.04 inPublished:April 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019923857X

ISBN - 13:9780199238576

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Table of Contents

Part I: Instruments1. Experimenting2. Detecting3. MeasuringPart II: Apparatus and the Logic of Experimentation4. Exploring a New Domain5. Extending an Established Domain6. Testing HypothesesPart III: Models and Modeling7. Modelling Individuals8. Modelling WorldsPart IV: Fakes and Fantasies9. Practising Deception10. Imagining Novel BeingsIndex

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Review from previous edition: "Original and thoughtful study." --PD Smith, The Guardian 08.03.09