David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Spontaneous Generations 4 (1):191-230 (2010)
This paper examines the roles played by instruments and their associated practices in the development of the field of planetary geology. Specifically, remote sensing instruments and the images produced by instrument users are discussed. It is argued that through these instruments and images the first two generations of planetary geologists were able to 'domesticate' the planets and make them suitable for geological study. But this was not a straightforward process. The instruments themselves had to be 'domesticated' as geological tools, and the definition of 'geologist' had to be broadened to include such tools and extraterrestrial terrains. This paper looks first at the first generation of planetary geologists associated with the mapping and study of the Moon in the 1960s and 70s, then focuses on the second generation that emerged during the exploration and mapping of Mars. Within this second section, the paper focuses on the introduction of one new type of instrument -- the orbiting infrared spectrometer, and examines three such instruments and the visual claims made with its images
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Charles S. Cockell (2006). The Ethical Relevance of Earth-Like Extrasolar Planets. Environmental Ethics 28 (3):303-314.
Barry Gower (1987). Planets and Probability: Daniel Bernouilli on the Inclinations of the Planetary Orbits. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 18 (4):441-454.
Robert Sparrow (1999). The Ethics of Terraforming. Environmental Ethics 21 (3):227-245.
Tauno Mannila (1973). Planetary Gravitation and History. Distributor, Akateeminen Kirjaksuppa.
Richard A. Watson (1966). Is Geology Different: A Critical Discussion of "the Fabric of Geology". Philosophy of Science 33 (1/2):172-.
A. A. Gorelov (1974). The Future of Geology in Terms of Ecological Development. Russian Studies in Philosophy 13 (2):118-122.
Evan Thompson (1986). Planetary Thinking/Planetary Building: An Essay on Martin Heidegger and Nishitani Keiji. Philosophy East and West 36 (3):235-252.
W. A. Verloren van Themaat (1984). Hindsight and the Definition of Research Success. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 15 (2):272-277.
Rachel Bush (1971). Towards a History of Geology: Proceedings of the New Hampshire Inter-Disciplinary Conference on the History of Geology, September 7–12, 1967. [REVIEW] Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 2 (2):176-182.
P. Thagard (1998). Ulcers and Bacteria II: Instruments, Experiments, and Social Interactions. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 29 (2):317-342.
W. A. Verloren Van Themaat (1984). Hindsight and the Definition of Research Success. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 15 (2):272-277.
Charles Darwin (1987). Charles Darwin's Notebooks, 1836-1844: Geology, Transmutation of Species, Metaphysical Enquiries. Cornell University Press.
B. L. (2002). Instruments and Rules: R. B. Woodward and the Tools of Twentieth-Century Organic Chemistry. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (1):1-32.
Peter Lipton (2000). Tracking Track Records, I. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 74 (1):179–205.
Added to index2010-09-13
Total downloads2 ( #406,222 of 1,679,366 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #183,761 of 1,679,366 )
How can I increase my downloads?