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  1. Louis Vervoort & Yves Gingras, Macroscopic Oil Droplets Mimicking Quantum Behavior: How Far Can We Push an Analogy?
    We describe here a series of experimental analogies between fluid mechanics and quantum mechanics recently discovered by a team of physicists. We argue that these experimental facts put ancient theoretical work by Madelung on the analogy between fluid and quantum mechanics into new light. We place these analogies in their historic and philosophical context, relating them to the de Broglie-Bohm interpretation of quantum mechanics. Finally we point out several advantages of the ‘fluid-mechanical’ interpretation of quantum mechanics over the Bohm interpretation.
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  2. Yves Gingras (2011). Liberté des réseaux socionumériques, contrainte des chercheurs (encadré). Hermes 59.
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  3. Yves Gingras & Alexandre Guay (2011). The Uses of Analogies in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Science. Perspectives on Science 19 (2):154-191.
    The uses of analogy are ancient. It can even be argued that analogical thinking is the most basic cognitive tool humans have to move from the unknown to the known (Gentner et al. 2001). As Olson succinctly puts it, “analogies are useful when it is desired to compare an unfamiliar system with one that is better known” (Olson 1943, p. i). Analogical thinking is thus ubiquitous and found in many texts at least since Homer in Antiquity (Lloyd 1966). For example, (...)
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  4. Yves Gingras (2010). Mapping the Structure of the Intellectual Field Using Citation and Co-Citation Analysis of Correspondences. History of European Ideas 36 (3):330-339.
    This article uses the methods of citation and network analysis to map the global structure of the intellectual field and its development over time. Through the case study of Mersenne's, Oldenburg's and Darwin's correspondences, we show how looking at letters as a corpus of data can provide a global representation of the evolving conversation going on in the Republic of Letters and in intellectual and scientific fields. Aggregating general correspondences in electronic format offers a global portrait of the evolving composition (...)
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  5. Yves Gingras (2010). Revisiting the "Quiet Debut" of the Double Helix: A Bibliometric and Methodological Note on the "Impact" of Scientific Publications. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 43 (1):159 - 181.
    The object of this paper is two-fold: first, to show that contrary to what seem to have become a widely accepted view among historians of biology, the famous 1953 first Nature paper of Watson and Crick on the structure of DNA was widely cited — as compared to the average paper of the time — on a continuous basis from the very year of its publication and over the period 1953–1970 and that the citations came from a wide array of (...)
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  6. Yves Gingras (2009). Response to Collins About 'One Point' That is Absent From My Review of His Book. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 40 (1):112-.
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  7. Yves Gingras (2008). The Collective Construction of Scientific Memory: The Einstein-Poincaré Connection and its Discontents, 1905-2005. History of Science 46 (1):75-114.
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  8. Yves Gingras & Pierre-Marc Gosselin (2008). The Emergence and Evolution of the Expression “Conflict of Interests” in Science : A Historical Overview, 1880–2006. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (3):337-343.
    The tendency is strong to take the notion of “conflict of interests” for granted as if it had an invariant meaning and an ethical content independent of the historical context. It is doubtful however, from an historical and sociological point of view, that many of the cases now considered as instances of “conflicts of interests” would also have been conceived and perceived as such in, say, the 1930s. The idea of a “conflict of interests” presupposes that there are indeed interests (...)
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  9. Yves Gingras (2007). Everything You Did Not Necessarily Want to Know About Gravitational Waves. And Why. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 38 (1):268-282.
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  10. Yves Gingras (2007). "Please, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood": The Role of Argumentation in a Sociology of Academic Misunderstandings. Social Epistemology 21 (4):369 – 389.
    Academic debates are so frequent and omnipresent in most disciplines, particularly the social sciences and humanities, it seems obvious that disagreements are bound to occur. The aim of this paper is to show that whereas the agent who perceives his/her contribution as being misunderstood locates the origin of the communication problem on the side of the receiver who "misinterprets" the text, the emitter is in fact also contributing to the possibility of this misunderstanding through the very manner in which his/her (...)
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  11. Yves Gingras (2001). What Did Mathematics Do to Physics? History of Science 39 (4):383-416.
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  12. Yves Gingras (2000). Pourquoi le" programme fort" est-il incompris? Cahiers Internationaux de Sociologie 109:235-255.
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  13. Yves Gingras (1995). Following Scientists Through Society? Yes, but at Arm's Length. In Jed Z. Buchwald (ed.), Scientific Practice: Theories and Stories of Doing Physics. The University of Chicago Press. 123--50.
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  14. Yves Gingras (1995). La dynamique de Leibniz : métaphysique et substantialisme. François Duchesneau, La dynamique de Leibniz, Paris, Vrin, coll. Mathesis, 1994 François Duchesneau, La dynamique de Leibniz, Paris, Vrin, coll. Mathesis, 1994. [REVIEW] Philosophiques 22 (2):395-405.
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  15. Yves Gingras (1995). La dynamique de Leibniz: métaphysique et substantialisme. Philosophiques 22 (2):395-405.
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  16. Yves Gingras & Robert Gagnon (1988). Engineering Education and Research in Montreal: Social Constraints and Opportunities. [REVIEW] Minerva 26 (1):53-65.
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