Theory Change in Science: Strategies from Mendelian Genetics

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byLindley Darden

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This challenging and innovative book examines the processes involved in the birth and development of new scientific ideas. The author has searched for strategies used by scientists for producing new theories, both those that yield a range of plausible hypotheses and ones that aid in narrowingthat range. She goes on to focus on the development of the theory of the gene as a case study in scientific creativity. Her discussion of modern genetics greatly demystifies the philosophy of science, and establishes a realistic framework for understanding how scientists actually go about theirwork. This compelling work will interest a broad range of readers, including biologists and geneticists, along with historians and philosophers of science.

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This challenging and innovative book examines the processes involved in the birth and development of new scientific ideas. The author has searched for strategies used by scientists for producing new theories, both those that yield a range of plausible hypotheses and ones that aid in narrowingthat range. She goes on to focus on the de...

Lindley Darden is at University of Maryland, College Park.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Philosophical Preliminaries3. The Problem of Heredity4. Historical Introduction5. Mendelism, 1900-19036. Unit-characters, Pairs, and Dominance7. Boveri-Sutton Chromosome Theory8. Tests of Segregation9. Reduplication, Linkage, and Mendel's Second Law10. The Chromosome Theory and Mutation11. Unit-Characters to Factors to Genes12. Exemplars, Diagrams, and Diagnosis13. Genetics and Other Fields14. Summary of Strategies from the Historical Case15. General Strategies for Theory Change16. Implications for Further Work

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"[Darden's] book demonstrates the enormous value that a careful study of the history of science has for philosophers of science. . . . There is little to find fault with in Darden's book. The historical treatment of the development of Mendelian theory is thorough. . . . It is impossible to dojustice to the scope and richness of Darden's book in a short review; suffice it to say that her book exemplifies a successful strategy for bringing together the history of science and the philosophy of science."--Bradley E. Wilson, University of Pittsburgh