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  1. Marcel Boumans, Giora Hon & Arthur Petersen (eds.) (forthcoming). Error and Uncertainty in Scientific Practice. Pickering & Chatto.
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  2. Giora Hon (2012). Histories of Kinematics and Einstein's Relativity Theory: A Collage of Historiographies. [REVIEW] Metascience 21 (1):131-134.
    Histories of kinematics and Einstein’s relativity theory: A collage of historiographies Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-4 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9532-6 Authors Giora Hon, Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa, 31905 Haifa, Israel Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  3. Giora Hon & Bernard R. Goldstein (2012). Maxwell's Contrived Analogy: An Early Version of the Methodology of Modeling. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 43 (4):236-257.
    The term “analogy” stands for a variety of methodological practices all related in one way or another to the idea of proportionality. We claim that in his first substantial contribution to electromagnetism James Clerk Maxwell developed a methodology of analogy which was completely new at the time or, to borrow John North’s expression, Maxwell’s methodology was a “newly contrived analogue”. In his initial response to Michael Faraday’s experimental researches in electromagnetism, Maxwell did not seek an analogy with some physical system (...)
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  4. Giora Hon, Jutta Schickore & Friedrich Steinle (2009). Mapping Going Amiss. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 267:1-7.
     
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  5. Giora Hon & Yaakov Zik (2009). Kepler'sOptical Part of Astronomy(1604): Introducing the Ecliptic Instrument. Perspectives on Science 17 (3):307-345.
    The year 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of one of the most revolutionary scientific texts ever written. In this book, appropriately entitled, Astronomia nova, Johannes Kepler developed an astronomical theory which departs fundamentally from the systems of Ptolemy and Copernicus. One of the great innovations of this theory is its dependence on the science of optics. The declared goal of Kepler in his earlier publication, Paralipomena to Witelo whereby The Optical Part of Astronomy is Treated , was (...)
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  6. Galina Granek & Giora Hon (2008). Searching for Asses, Finding a Kingdom: The Story of the Invention of the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM). Annals of Science 65 (1):101-125.
    Summary We offer a novel historical-philosophical framework for discussing experimental practice which we call ?Generating Experimental Knowledge?. It combines three different perspectives: experimental systems, concept formation, and the pivotal role of error. We then present an historical account of the invention of the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM), or Raster-Tunnelmikroskop, and interpret it within the proposed framework. We show that at the outset of the STM project, Binnig and Rohrer?the inventors of the machine?filed two patent disclosures; the first is dated 22 (...)
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  7. Giora Hon & Yaakov Zik (2007). Geometry of Light and Shadow: Francesco Maurolyco (1494–1575) and the Pinhole Camera. Annals of Science 64 (4):549-578.
    In his Theoremata de lumine, et umbre , Francesco Maurolyco discussed, inter alia, the problem of the pinhole camera. Maurolyco outlined a framework based on Euclidean geometry in which he applied the rectilinear propagation of light to the casting of shadow on a screen behind a pinhole. We limit our discussion to the problem of how the image behind an aperture is formed, and follow the way Maurolyco combined theory with instrument to solve the problem of the projection of light (...)
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  8. Giora Hon (2006). Can Error Imply Existence? Philosophy and Theology 18 (2):201-218.
    Descartes’s Cogito, “I am thinking, therefore I exist,” is perhaps the most famous assertion in the history of philosophy. Thirteen hundred years earlier, St. Augustine formulated a similar claim, arguing “if I am mistaken, I am.” Did St. Augustine anticipate Descartes? We show that Descartes’s dictum is a novel insight and less vulnerable to criticism than the claim of St. Augustine. Whereas Descartes searched for one true proposition on which he could base scientificknowledge, St. Augustine sought to refute the skeptics (...)
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  9. Giora Hon & Bernard R. Goldstein (2006). Unpacking "For Reasons of Symmetry": Two Categories of Symmetry Arguments. Philosophy of Science 73 (4):419-439.
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  10. Giora Hon & Bernard R. Goldstein (2006). Symmetry and Asymmetry in Electrodynamics From Rowland to Einstein. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 37 (4):635-660.
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  11. Bernard R. Goldstein & Giora Hon (2005). Kepler's Move From. Perspectives on Science 13 (1).
    : This study of the concept of orbit is intended to throw light on the nature of revolutionary concepts in science. We observe that Kepler transformed theoretical astronomy that was understood in terms of orbs [Latin: orbes] (spherical shells to which the planets were attached) and models (called hypotheses at the time), by introducing a single term, orbit [Latin: orbita], that is, the path of a planet in space resulting from the action of physical causes expressed in laws of nature. (...)
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  12. Bernard R. Goldstein & Giora Hon (2005). Kepler's Move From Orbs to Orbits: Documenting a Revolutionary Scientific Concept. Perspectives on Science 13 (1):74-111.
    This study of the concept of orbit is intended to throw light on the nature of revolutionary concepts in science. We observe that Kepler transformed theoretical astronomy that was understood in terms of orbs [Latin: orbes] and models , by introducing a single term, orbit [Latin: orbita], that is, the path of a planet in space resulting from the action of physical causes expressed in laws of nature. To demonstrate the claim that orbit is a revolutionary concept we pursue three (...)
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  13. Giora Hon & Bernard R. Goldstein (2005). From Proportion to Balance: The Background to Symmetry in Science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (1):1-21.
    We call attention to the historical fact that the meaning of symmetry in antiquity—as it appears in Vitruvius’s De architectura—is entirely different from the modern concept. This leads us to the question, what is the evidence for the changes in the meaning of the term symmetry, and what were the different meanings attached to it? We show that the meaning of the term in an aesthetic sense gradually shifted in the context of architecture before the image of the balance was (...)
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  14. Giora Hon (2004). Gödel, Einstein, Mach: Casting Constraints on All-Embracing Concepts. [REVIEW] Foundations of Science 9 (1):25-64.
    Can a theory turn back, as it were, upon itselfand vouch for its own features? That is, canthe derived elements of a theory be the veryprimitive terms that provide thepresuppositions of the theory? This form of anall-embracing feature assumes a totality inwhich there occurs quantification over thattotality, quantification that is defined bythis very totality. I argue that the Machprinciple exhibits such a feature ofall-embracing nature. To clarify the argument,I distinguish between on the one handcompleteness and on the other wholeness andtotality, (...)
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  15. Giora Hon (2004). The Modeling of Nature. International Studies in Philosophy 36 (1):338-340.
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  16. Giora Hon (2003). Does a Living System Have a State? In A. Rojszczak, J. Cachro & G. Kurczewski (eds.), Philosophical Dimensions of Logic and Science. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 139--150.
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  17. Giora Hon, Paving Ways - the Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy of Science and the Case of Philosophy of Science in Israel.
    A view of the Center for Philosophy of Science from an Israeli perspective.
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  18. Giora Hon (1998). Exploiting Errors. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science-Part A 29 (3):465-480.
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  19. Giora Hon (1996). Disturbing, but Not Surprising: Did Gödel Surprise Einstein with a Rotating Universe and Time Travel? [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 26 (4):501-521.
    The question is raised as to the kind of methodology required to deal with foundational issues. A comparative study of the methodologies of Gödel and Einstein reveals some similar traits which reflect a concern with foundational problems. It is claimed that the interest in foundational problems stipulates a certain methodology, namely, the methodology of limiting cases.
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  20. Giora Hon (1995). Going Wrong. Review of Metaphysics 49 (1):3 - 20.
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  21. Giora Hon (1995). Is the Identification of Experimental Error Contextually Dependent? The Case of Kaufmann's Experiment and its Varied Reception. In Jed Z. Buchwald (ed.), Scientific Practice: Theories and Stories of Doing Physics. The University of Chicago Press. 170--223.
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  22. Giora Hon (1995). Models and Precision: The Quality of Ptolemy's Observations and Parameters by John Phillips Britton. [REVIEW] Isis 86:469-470.
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  23. Giora Hon (1993). The Unnatural Nature of the Laws of Nature: Symmetry and Asymmetry. In S. French & H. Kamminga (eds.), Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics. Kluwer. 171--187.
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  24. R. S. Woolhouse, George N. Schlesinger, Lawrence Udell Fike, Lila Luce, Giora Hon, Ruth Weintraub & Mark Rowlands (1993). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophia 22 (3-4):293-296.
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  25. Giora Hon (1991). A Critical Note on J. S. Mill's Classification of Fallacies. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 42 (2):263-268.
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  26. Giora Hon (1991). Can the Monster Errour Be Slain? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 5 (3):257 – 268.
    Abstract One cannot discount experimental errors and turn the attention to the logicomathematical structure of a physical theory without distorting the nature of the scientific method. The occurrence of errors in experiments constitutes an inherent feature of the attempt to test theories in the physical world. This feature deserves proper attention which has been neglected. An attempt is made to address this problem.
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  27. Giora Hon (1989). Is There a Concept of Experimental Error in Greek Astronomy? British Journal for the History of Science 22 (2):129-150.
    The attempt to narrow the general discourse of the problem of error and to focus it on the specific problem of experimental error may be approached from different directions. One possibility is to establish a focusing process from the standpoint of history; such an approach requires a careful scrutiny of the history of science with a view to identifying the juncture when the problem of experimental error was properly understood and accounted for. In a study of this kind one would (...)
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  28. Giora Hon (1989). Towards a Typology of Experimental Errors: An Epistemological View. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 20 (4):469-504.
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  29. Giora Hon (1988). Book Review:Observation, Experiment, and Hypothesis in Modern Physical Science Peter Achinstein, Owen Hannaway. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 55 (3):482-.
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  30. Giora Hon (1987). H. Hertz: 'The Electrostatic and Electromagnetic Properties of the Cathode Rays Are Either Nil or Very Feeble.' (1883) a Case-Study of an Experimental Error. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 18 (3):367-382.
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  31. Giora Hon (1987). On Kepler's Awareness of the Problem of Experimental Error. Annals of Science 44 (6):545-591.
    This paper is an account of Kepler's explicit awareness of the problem of experimental error. As a study of the Astronomia nova shows, Kepler exploited his awareness of the occurrences of experimental errors to guide him to the right conclusion. Errors were thus employed, so to speak, perhaps for the first time, to bring about a major physical discovery: Kepler's laws of planetary motion. ‘Know then’, to use Kepler's own words, ‘that errors show us the way to truth.’ With a (...)
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