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    Macroscopic Metaphysics: Middle-Sized Objects and Longish Processes: By Paul Needham, Cham, Springer, 2017, Xi + 224 Pp., ISBN 9783319709987, US$109.99.Julia R. S. Bursten - 2019 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 32 (1):63-64.
    Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2019, Page 63-64.
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    Smaller Than a Breadbox: Scale and Natural Kinds.Julia R. Bursten - 2016 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 69 (1):1-23.
    ABSTRACT I propose a division of the literature on natural kinds into metaphysical worries, semantic worries, and methodological worries. I argue that the latter set of worries, which concern how classification influences scientific practices, should occupy centre stage in philosophy of science discussions about natural kinds. I apply this methodological framework to the problems of classifying chemical species and nanomaterials. I show that classification in nanoscience differs from classification in chemistry because the latter relies heavily on compositional identity, whereas the (...)
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    Microstructure Without Essentialism: A New Perspective on Chemical Classification.Julia R. Bursten - 2014 - Philosophy of Science 81 (4):633-653,.
    Recently, macroscopic accounts of chemical kind individuation have been proposed as alternatives to the microstructural essentialist account advocated by Kripke, Putnam, and others. These accounts argue that individuation of chemical kinds is based on macroscopic criteria such as reactivity or thermodynamics, and they challenge the essentialism that grounds the Kripke-Putnam view. Using a variety of chemical examples, I argue that microstructure grounds these macroscopic accounts, but that this grounding need not imply essentialism. Instead, kinds are individuated on the basis of (...)
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  4. Pauling's Defence of Bent-Equivalent Bonds: A View of Evolving Explanatory Demands in Modern Chemistry.Julia R. Bursten - 2012 - Annals of Science 69 (1):69-90.
    Summary Linus Pauling played a key role in creating valence-bond theory, one of two competing theories of the chemical bond that appeared in the first half of the 20th century. While the chemical community preferred his theory over molecular-orbital theory for a number of years, valence-bond theory began to fall into disuse during the 1950s. This shift in the chemical community's perception of Pauling's theory motivated Pauling to defend the theory, and he did so in a peculiar way. Rather than (...)
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    Review of Macroscopic Metaphysics: Middle-Sized Objects and Longish Processes.Julia R. S. Bursten - 2019 - Tandf: International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 32 (1):63–64.
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    Sam Kean. The Disappearing Spoon, and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements.Julia R. Bursten - 2011 - Spontaneous Generations 5 (1):100-102.
    Sometimes the right book finds you at the right time, and it shifts your perception of a familiar subject just a little, just enough to make a difference. It reminds you of something important you haven’t thought of in a while, or it shows you a new way of looking at and interacting with the world. Last winter, for me, that book was The Disappearing Spoon, by Sam Kean. I heard a very fuzzy description of the book at a holiday (...)
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    Anne Marcovich; Terry Shinn. Toward a New Dimension: Exploring the Nanoscale. Xiv + 213 Pp., Figs., Bibl., Index. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. £35. [REVIEW]Julia R. Bursten - 2016 - Isis 107 (4):902-903.
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    Conceptual Strategies and Inter-Theory Relations: The Case of Nanoscale Cracks.Julia R. Bursten - 2018 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 62:158-165.
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    Reconsidering Explanation: Lessons From Nanosynthesis.Julia R. Bursten - unknown
    Nanosynthesis forces a reevaluation of received views on scientific explanation. I discuss the synthesis of anisotropic metal nanoparticles, a typical nanosynthesis research program, in order to demonstrate the failure of standard philosophical accounts of explanation to capture the dynamics of information exchange in synthetic sciences. I argue that using the language of effective heuristics, coupled with attention to changes in the meanings of concepts across different length scales, is a more promising means of capturing how information is obtained from the (...)
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