Journals Higher Education



Published: 05 April 2010

336 Pages | 24 B&W Halftones

5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199238576

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Pavlov's Dogs and Schrödinger's Cat

Scenes from the living laboratory

Rom Harré

  • Reveals the different ways that living creatures have been - and still are - used in scientific discovery
  • Packed with fascinating vignettes from the rich history of 500 years of science
  • The stories are by no means confined to the traditional idea of the laboratory, nor are the subjects exclusively animals and plants: we range from the streets of Paris to the Galapagos Islands, and read of artificial life, and scientists who experimented on themselves
  • Sheds light on many issues in the practice and philosophy of science - as Harré redefines traditional ideas of apparatus, instrumentation, and the 'bricks and mortar' laboratory
  • Leaves the ethical issues entirely to the reader to reflect upon
  • Written by a widely respected philosopher of science
  • Looks at many recent examples from modern science, such as the famous 'Vacanti Mouse'

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