Discovering Cell Mechanisms
The Creation of Modern Cell Biology
By (author) William Bechtel
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Discovering Cell Mechanisms by William Bechtel
Book DescriptionBetween 1940 and 1970 pioneers in the new field of cell biology discovered the operative parts of cells and their contributions to cell life. They offered mechanistic accounts that explained cellular phenomena by identifying the relevant parts of cells, the biochemical operations they performed, and the way in which these parts and operations were organised to accomplish important functions. Cell biology was a revolutionary science but in this book it also provides fuel for yet another revolution, one that focuses on the very conception of science itself. Laws have traditionally been regarded as the primary vehicle of explanation, but in the emerging philosophy of science it is mechanisms that do the explanatory work. Bechtel emphasises how mechanisms were discovered, focusing especially on the way in which new instruments made these inquiries possible. He also describes how new journals and societies provided institutional structure to this new enterprise.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521812474
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William Bechtel
Discovering Complexity, Paperback (September 2010)
An analysis of two heuristic strategies for the development of mechanistic models, illustrated with historical examples from the life sciences.
Discovering Cell Mechanisms, Paperback (April 2008)
Bechtel emphasises how mechanisms were discovered by cell biologists and the instruments that made these inquiries possible.
Mental Mechanisms, Paperback (August 2007)
A variety of scientific disciplines have set as their task explaining mental activities, recognizing that in some way these activities depend upon our brain. This book is a philosophical examination of how these disciplines continue in the mission of explaining our mental capacities.
Connectionism and the Mind, Hardback (November 2001)» View all books by William Bechtel
This text provides an introduction to connectionist networks and explores their theoretical and philosophical implications. Two new chapters have been added in this edition on the relation of connectionism to recent work on artificial life and dynamical models of cognition.
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Author Biography - William Bechtel
William Bechtel is professor of philosophy and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author and editor of many books, including Discovering Complexity (with Robert C. Richardson, 1993) and Connectionism and the Mind (with Adele Abrahamsen, 2002), and he is editor of the journal Philosophical Psychology. He is the current chair of the Cognitive Science Society and past president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology and the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
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