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  1. Thing Knowledge: A Philosophy of Scientific Instruments.Davis Baird - 2004 - University of California Press.
    Western philosophers have traditionally concentrated on theory as the means for expressing knowledge about a variety of phenomena. This absorbing book challenges this fundamental notion by showing how objects themselves, specifically scientific instruments, can express knowledge. As he considers numerous intriguing examples, Davis Baird gives us the tools to "read" the material products of science and technology and to understand their place in culture. Making a provocative and original challenge to our conception of knowledge itself, _Thing Knowledge _demands that we (...)
     
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  2. Discovering the Nanoscale.Cyrus Cm Mody, Davis Baird, Alfred Nordmann & Joachim Schummer - 2004 - In Baird D. (ed.), Discovering the Nanoscale. Ios.
     
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    Probing the History of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.Davis Baird & Ashley Shew - 2004 - In Baird D. (ed.), Discovering the Nanoscale. Ios. pp. 145--156.
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  4. Scientific Instruments, Scientific Progress and the Cyclotron.Davis Baird & Thomas Faust - 1990 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (2):147-175.
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    SKYRMS, BRIAN [1984]: Pragmatics and Empiricism. Yale University Press. Pp. Xi+143. 16.95. (ISBN 0-300-03174-2).Davis Baird - 1986 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 37 (4):514-516.
  6. Exploratory Factor Analysis, Instruments and the Logic of Discovery.Davis Baird - 1987 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (3):319-337.
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    Analytical Chemistry and the ‘Big’ Scientific Instrumentation Revolution.Davis Baird - 1993 - Annals of Science 50 (3):267-290.
    By a close examination of changes in analytical chemistry between the years 1920 and 1950, I document the case that natural science has undergone and continues to undergo a major revolution. The central feature of this transformation is the rise in importance of scientific instrumentation. Prior to 1920, analytical chemists determined the chemical constitution of some unknown by treating it with a series of known compounds and observing the kind of reactions it underwent. After 1950, analytical chemists determined the chemical (...)
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    Why Trade?Davis Baird & Mark S. Cohen - 1999 - Perspectives on Science 7 (2):231-254.
    According to Peter Galison , science has a highly fractionated structure with multiple sub-sub-disciplines, each with its own agenda. Cooperative trading between groups is necessary for most scientific work to move forward, and it is this trading that preserves the stability of science. We argue that it is not trading per se, but trading in a gift economy that guarantees stability. We support our claims with an examination of contemporary work on magnetic resonance imaging instrumentation. Specifically, we consider: How a (...)
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    Thing Knowledge - Function and Truth.Davis Baird - 2002 - Techne 6 (2):96-105.
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    Thing Knowledge - Function and Truth.Davis Baird - 2002 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 6 (2):96-105.
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    Encapsulating Knowledge: The Direct Reading Spectrometer.Davis Baird - 1998 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 3 (3):113-118.
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    The Fisher/Pearson Chi-Squared Controversy: A Turning Point for Inductive Inference.Davis Baird - 1983 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 34 (2):105-118.
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    Encapsulating Knowledge: The Direct Reading Spectrometer. [REVIEW]Davis Baird - 2000 - Foundations of Chemistry 2 (1):5-46.
    The direct reading emission spectrometer was developed during the1940s. By substituting photo-multiplier tubes and electronics forphotographic film spectrograms, the interpretation of special lineswith a densitometer was avoided. Instead, the instrument providedthe desired information concerning percentage concentration ofelements of interest directly on a dial. Such instruments `de-skill' the job of making such measurements. They do this by encapsulatingin the instrument the skills previously employed by the analyst,by `skilling' the instrument. This paper presents a history of thedevelopment of the Dow Chemical/Baird Associates (...)
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    Scientific Instrument Making, Epistemology, and the Conflict Between Gift and Commodity Economics.Davis Baird - 1997 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 2 (3/4):127-139.
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    Facts-Well-Put.Davis Baird & Alfred Nordmann - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (1):37-77.
    In this paper we elucidate a particular type of instrument. Striking-phenomenon instruments assume their striking profile against the shifting backdrop of theoretical uncertainties. While technologically stable, the phenomena produced by these instruments are linguistically fuzzy, subject to a variety of conceptual representations. But in virtue of their technological stability alone, they can provide a foundation for further technological as well as conceptual development. Sometimes, as in the case of the pulse glass, the phenomenon is taken to confirm conflicting theoretical views; (...)
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    Meaning in a Material Medium.Davis Baird - 1994 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:441 - 451.
    Recently we have learned how experiment can have a life of its own. However, experiment remains epistemologically disadvantaged. Scientific knowledge must have a theoretical/propositional form. To begin to redress this situation, I discuss three ways in which instruments carry meaning: 1. Scientific instruments can carry tremendous loads of meaning through association, analogy and metaphor. 2. Instrumental models of complicated phenomena work representationally in much the same way as theories. 3. Instruments which create new phenomena establish a new field of material (...)
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    Editor's Note on Volume Numeration and Publication Dates.Davis Baird - 2002 - Techne 6 (1):1-1.
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    Analytical Instrumentation and Instrumental Objectivity.Davis Baird - 2000 - In Nalini Bhushan & Stuart Rosenfeld (eds.), Of Minds and Molecules: New Philosophical Perspectives on Chemistry. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 90--113.
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    Review of The Creation of Scientific Effects: Heinrich Hertz and Electric Waves by Jed Z. Buchwald. [REVIEW]Davis Baird - 1996 - Philosophy of Science 63 (1):141-143.
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    Organic Necessity.Davis Baird - 2000 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (1):12-20.
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    Lehrer/Wagner Consensual Probabilities Do Not Adequately Summarize the Available Information.Davis Baird - 1985 - Synthese 62 (1):47 - 62.
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    Five Theses on Instrumental Realism.Davis Baird - 1988 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:165 - 173.
    I present five theses to characterize and argue for "Instrumental Realism," a realism wedded to what we do with instruments, and not what our theories say: The Independence Thesis: Questions about realism are independent of questions about meaning. The Intervening Thesis: Our ability to produce consistent effects with our instruments provides one guarantee that we are engaged with the real world. The Historical Thesis: If the descriptions of what we know and do are of something real, then it will be (...)
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    Common Sense, Science and Scepticism: A Historical Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge.Davis Baird - 1995 - Review of Metaphysics 48 (4):917-918.
    Musgrave opens the book defending the general claim that knowledge consists of justified true beliefs. He concedes that there may well be other kinds of knowledge--knowledge of things, knowing how --but still, he contends, there is much of interest in "knowledge that", and this kind of knowledge is best analyzed in terms of a justified true belief account. If, then, knowing that is a matter of belief, truth, and justification, the most obvious difficulty concerns what counts as an appropriate justification. (...)
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    Editorial: Nanotech Challenges, Part 2.Davis Baird & Joachim Schummer - 2005 - Hyle 11 (1):3 - 4.
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    Editorial: Nanotech Challenges, Part 1.Davis Baird & Joachim Schummer - 2004 - Hyle 10 (2):63 - 64.
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    Editor's Note.Davis Baird - 2002 - Techne 6 (2):86-86.
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    The Rationality of Induction.Davis Baird - 1988 - Review of Metaphysics 42 (2):411-413.
    D. C. Stove believes that there are three kinds of philosophers. First, there are Popperians, who believe that no justification for inductive inference is possible and are happy to pursue a non-inductive philosophy of science. Second, there are those who believe that no satisfactory justification for inductive inference has yet been stated and regard this as a scandal of philosophy. Finally there is D. C. Stove, who believes that there are a vast number of perfectly rational inductive inferences and that (...)
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    Editor's Note.Davis Baird - 2002 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 6 (2):86-86.
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    Editorial: Nanotech Challenges, Part I.Davis Baird & Joachim Schummer - 2004 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 8 (2):1-3.
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    Editorial: Nanotech Challenges, Part II.Joachim Schummer & Davis Baird - 2005 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 8 (3):1-2.
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    Instrumental Realism: The Interface Between Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Technology. Don Ihde.Davis Baird - 1992 - Isis 83 (3):529-530.
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    Editor's Note on Volume Numeration and Publication Dates.Davis Baird - 2002 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 6 (1):1-1.
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    Internal History and the Philosophy of Experiment.Davis Baird - 1999 - Perspectives on Science 7 (3):383-407.
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    How to Commit the Gambler's Fallacy and Get Away with It.Davis Baird & Richard E. Otte - 1982 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:169 - 180.
    In a recent article Ian Hacking argues that there can be cases where no probabilities may correctly be ascribed to individual members of a population, while probabilities are correctly ascribable to the population as a whole. In this paper a simple artificial coin-flipping model for such probabilities, not 'grounded from below' is constructed. The inferences licensed by this model and a consequence of the model for the theory of statistical tests is explored.
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    The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life. Gerd Gigerenzer, Zeno Swijtink, Theodore Porter, Lorraine Daston, John Beatty, Lorenz Krüger.Davis Baird - 1991 - Isis 82 (1):103-105.
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    What? Where? When? Why?: Essays on Induction, Space and Time, Explanation. Robert McLaughlin.Davis Baird - 1983 - Isis 74 (2):260-261.
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    Engineering Realities.Davis Baird - 2010 - Spontaneous Generations 4 (1):94-110.
    We live in a world that increasingly is designed by engineers. So it is worth asking what are engineers doing when they design. There is no simple universal answer to this question, and my strategy for answering it both acknowledges the impossibility of a simple answer, while also identifying and elaborating some important elements to engineering realities. I start with the simple posit that engineering a reality is about controlling aspects of that reality through designed artifice. I then “complexify” this (...)
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    Tests of Significance Violate the Rule of Implication.Davis Baird - 1984 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:81 - 92.
    The rule of implication, (+) If hypothesis H implies hypothesis I, then evidence sufficient to warrant the rejection of I, in turn warrants the rejection of H, is a very plausible principle of inductive inference. It is shown that significance tests violate this principle. Two ways to account for this violation are considered; neither account is fully satisfactory. First, a distinction might be made between the absolute degree of confirmation and the change in the degree of confirmation due to a (...)
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    Arnold O. Beckman: One Hundred Years of Excellence. Arnold Thackray, Minor Myers Jr.Davis Baird - 2001 - Isis 92 (4):805-806.
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    Arnold O. Beckman: One Hundred Years of Excellence by Arnold Thackray; Minor Myers. [REVIEW]Davis Baird - 2001 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 92:805-806.
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    What? Where? When? Why?: Essays on Induction, Space and Time, Explanation by Robert McLaughlin. [REVIEW]Davis Baird - 1983 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 74:260-261.
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    Editor's Introduction to Peter Galison's Image and Logic and This Pos Collection of Critical Essays.Davis Baird & Alfred Nordmann - 1999 - Perspectives on Science 7 (2):147-150.
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    Editors' Introduction: Forays Into the Trading Zone of Image and Logic.Davis Baird & Alfred Nordmann - 1999 - Perspectives on Science 7 (2):147-150.
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    Ferdy Schoeman 1945-1992.Davis Baird, Joan Callahan, Doug MacLean & Susan Wolf - 1993 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 67 (1):19 - 21.
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    The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life by Gerd Gigerenzer; Zeno Swijtink; Theodore Porter; Lorraine Daston; John Beatty; Lorenz Krüger. [REVIEW]Davis Baird - 1991 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 82:103-105.
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  46. Instrumental Realism: The Interface Between Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Technology by Don Ihde. [REVIEW]Davis Baird - 1992 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 83:529-530.
     
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  47. Introduction: The Invisibility of Chemistry.Davis Baird, Eric Scerri & Lee Mcintyre - 2005 - Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 242:3-18.
  48. Organic Necessity: Thinking About Thinking About Technology.Davis Baird - 2000 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (1):12-20.
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    Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline.Davis Baird, Eric R. Scerri & Lee C. McIntyre (eds.) - 2006 - Springer.
    This comprehensive volume marks a new standard in scholarship in the still emerging field of the philosophy of chemistry. With selections drawn from a wide range of scholarly disciplines, philosophers, chemists, and historians of science here converge to ask some of the most fundamental questions about the relationship between philosophy and chemistry. What can chemistry teach us about longstanding disputes in the philosophy of science over such issues as reductionism, autonomy, and supervenience? And what new issues may chemistry bring to (...)
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