Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress

New York, US: OUP Usa (2004)
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This book presents the concept of “complementary science” which contributes to scientific knowledge through historical and philosophical investigations. It emphasizes the fact that many simple items of knowledge that we take for granted were actually spectacular achievements obtained only after a great deal of innovative thinking, painstaking experiments, bold conjectures, and serious controversies. Each chapter in the book consists of two parts: a narrative part that states the philosophical puzzle and gives a problem-centred narrative on the historical attempts to solve the puzzle; and the analysis part which provides in-depth analyses of certain scientific, historical, and philosophical aspects of the story.



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Complementary Science—History and Philosophy of Science as a Continuation of Science by Other Means

This chapter presents an in-depth discussion of the aims and methods of complementary science. Complementary science is presented as a productive direction for the fields of history and philosophy of science, without denying the importance of other directions. It can trigger a decisive tra... see more


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