Creating Scientific Concepts

ISBN-10: 0262515075
ISBN-13: 9780262515078
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/13/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Regents' Professor of Cognitive Science, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of TechnologyNancy Nersessian's research focuses on creativity, innovation and conceptual change in science. She examines the cognitive and cultural mechanisms that precede theoretical and experimental scientific innovation. She holds an A.B. in Physics and Philosophy from Boston University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy from Case Western Reserve University. Professor Nersessian is currently a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member (foreign) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has held fellowship positions at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard), the Dibner Institute at MIT, the Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy of Science, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Leiden, the Netherlands (Fulbright Scholar). She has also served as the Chair of the Cognitive Science Society (2003-4) and on its Governing Board, and as a Governing Board member of the Philosophy of Science Association.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Creativity in Conceptual Change
A Cognitive-Historical Approach
Recasting the Problem of Conceptual Change
The Cognitive-Historical Method
Reasoning
Model-based Reasoning Exemplars
Overview of the Book
Model-based Reasoning Practices
Historical Exemplar
Maxwell's Problem Situation
Maxwell's Modeling Processes
Discussion: Maxwell's Model-based Reasoning Practices
Model-based Reasoning Practices
Protocol Study Exemplar
Protocol Records and Analysis
Protocol Records and Analysis
Exemplar 2: S2 and the Concept of Spring
S2's Problem Situation
S2's Modeling Processes
Discussion: S2's Model-based Reasoning Practices
The Cognitive Basis of Model-based Reasoning Practices
Mental Modeling
The Mental Models Framework
General Format and Processing Issues
Mental Modeling in Logical Reasoning
�Craikian� Mental Modeling: Simulative Reasoning
Mental Modeling and Scientific Model-based Reasoning Practices
Representation and Reasoning
Model Construction and Analogy
Imagistic Representation
Representation Simulation and Thought Experimenting
Model-based Reasoning
Creativity in Conceptual Change
Model-based Reasoning: The Argument Thus Far
Conceptual Innovation
Conclusion: Model-based Reasoning in Conceptual Innovation
Reflexive Reflections: Wider Implications
Notes
References
Index

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