Getting more with less: Experimental constraints and stringent tests of model mechanisms of chemical oscillators
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of Science 73 (5):743-754 (2006)
Initially, models of chemical systems displaying oscillatory behavior were judged successful if they could show how such behavior was even possible. Recently, however, reaction mechanisms for chemical oscillators have been subjected to more stringent experimental tests. I examine strategies for model testing that flow from theoretical considerations, in particular, the types of feedback relations between chemical species required to produce oscillatory behavior in mechanistic models. These theoretical considerations allow chemists to work around important practical considerations such as an inability to measure certain species in the experimental system. These sorts of testing strategies illuminate chemists' desiderata for a "good model.".
|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
Ursula Klein (2005). Technoscience. Perspectives on Science 13 (2).
Michael Weisberg (2004). Qualitative Theory and Chemical Explanation. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):1071-1081.
Paweł Zeidler & Danuta Sobczyńska (1995). The Idea of Realism in the New Experimentalism and the Problem of the Existence of Theoretical Entities in Chemistry. Foundations of Science 1 (4):517-535.
E. Dulos, J. Boissonade, J. J. Perraud, B. Rudovics & P. Kepper (1996). Chemical Morphogenesis: Turing Patterns in an Experimental Chemical System. Acta Biotheoretica 44 (3-4).
U. Klein (2001). Paper Tools in Experimental Cultures. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 32 (2):265-302.
Joachim Schummer (1998). The Chemical Core of Chemistry I: A Conceptual Approach. Hyle 4 (2):129 - 162.
V. Lemesle & L. Mailleret (forthcoming). A Mechanistic Investigation of the Algae Growth “Droop” Model. Acta Biotheoretica.
Jeffry L. Ramsey (2008). Mechanisms and Their Explanatory Challenges in Organic Chemistry. Philosophy of Science 75 (5):970-982.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads5 ( #237,535 of 1,101,890 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #306,556 of 1,101,890 )
How can I increase my downloads?