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Experiment and the Making of Meaning: Human Agency in Scientific Observation and Experiment
1: Agency in Observation and Experiment.- 1: The Procedural Turn.- 1.1 Agency in observation and experiment.- 1.2 Discovery, reconstruction and justification.- 1.3 The procedural turn.- 1.4
From Phenomenology to Field Theory: Faraday's Visual Reasoning
Faraday is often described as an experimentalist, but his work is a dialectical interplay of concrete objects, visual images, abstract, theoretically-informed visual models and metaphysical precepts.
‘In Nature’s School’: Faraday as an Experimentalist
We are used to thinking about Faraday as one of the greatest experimentalists who ever lived. The success and influence of his experiments has eclipsed the processes of experimentation, so that we
What is Experimental about Thought Experiments?
  • D. Gooding
  • Philosophy
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the…
  • 1 January 1992
I argue that thought experiments are a form of experimental reasoning similar to real experiments. They require the same ability to participate by following a narrative as real experiments do.
Mapping Experiment as a Learning Process: How the First Electromagnetic Motor Was Invented
Narrative accounts misrepresent discovery by reconstructing worlds ordered by success rather than the world as explored. Such worlds rarely contain the personal knowledge that informed actual
Cognition, Construction and Culture: Visual Theories in the Sciences
This paper presents a study of the generation, manipulation and use of visual representations in different episodes of scientific discovery. The study identifies a common set of transformations of
Envisioning explanations – the art in science
Abstract Visualisation involves making and manipulating images that convey novel phenomena, ideas and meanings. It is central to the intellectual objectives of almost every area of science. It is
Visualizing Scientific Inference
Key features of the use of visualization in a range of scientific domains are identified and the implications of this repertoire for understanding scientists as cognitive agents are considered.