By A. F. Chalmers

ISBN-10: 0335201091

ISBN-13: 9780335201099

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Experiences of the former variation: ??i??In this educational bestseller - certainly, essentially the most commonly learn books ever written within the background and philosophy of technological know-how - Alan Chalmers offers a refreshingly lucid advent ...Drawing on illuminating old examples, he asks and solutions the most basic questions about the character of technological know-how and its methods??i??i??' - Ronald L. Numbers, William Coleman Professor of the background of technology and medication, college of Wisconsin at Madison. ??i??Crisp, lucid and studded with telling examples ...As a convenient consultant to contemporary alarms and tours (in the philosophy of technology) i locate this ebook full of life, gallant and useful??i??i??' - ??i??New Scientist??i??. what's the attribute that serves to tell apart clinical wisdom from other forms of information? what's the position of test in technology? what's the position of conception in technological know-how? In transparent, jargon-free language, the 3rd variation of this hugely winning advent to the philosophy of technological know-how surveys the solutions of the previous hundred years to those principal questions. the former variation of this publication, translated into fifteen overseas languages, has been completely revised within the mild of 2 a long time of educating adventure at the a part of the writer, and has been introduced correct brand new. The textual content has been enriched by way of many new ancient examples and the early chapters were reorganised, re-ordered and amplified to facilitate the creation of rookies to the sector. the recent variation contains new chapters at the following themes: the recent experimentalism; the Bayesian method of technological know-how, at the moment trendy; the character of clinical legislation; and, contemporary advancements within the realism/anti-realism debate. those alterations will improve the price of this booklet as a regular college textual content within the philosophy of technological know-how, not only on technological know-how and philosophy classes but in addition within the social and human sciences equivalent to sociology and psychology, the place the necessity is felt for an advent to clinical procedure.

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It was only in the light of subsequent theoretical and technological advances that his experiment came to be seen as deficient. The moral, of course, is this: who knows which contemporary experimental results will be shown to be deficient by advances that lie ahead? Far from being a shoddy experimentalist, the fact that Hertz was one of the very best is borne out by his success in being the first to produce radio waves in 1888, as the culmination of two years of brilliant experimental research.

To reach this objective, it was necessary to produce a beam of electrons that all moved at the same velocity and hence had the same energy. It was necessary to arrange for them to collide with one target molecule only before entering the detector, otherwise the sought-for information would be lost, and it was necessary to measure the velocity, or energy, of the scattered electrons with a suitably designed detector. Each of these steps posed a practical challenge. The velocity selector involved two conducting plates bent into concentric circles with a potential difference between them.

When this is done, only the statements I extracted from my textbook are confirmed by observation, while the alternatives constructed from them are refuted. This illustrates the point that the fact that knowledge is necessary for the formulation of significant observ ation statements still leaves open the question of which of the statements so formulated are borne out by observation and which are not. Consequently, the idea that knowledge should be based on facts that are confirmed by observation is not undermined by the recognition that the formulation of the statements describing those facts are knowledge-dependent.

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